In a popular thread about the Deputy Attorney General of the United States, The_Donald calls for "Deep State toadies" to hang. To thunderous applause from their user base and crickets from their moderators. archive.is/2iipz
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Spreading conspiracy theories and hysteria in coronavirus subs, awkward English, race baiting, copy-pasted posts...is this user a shill, schizo, or teen edgelord?
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What are some cases of high profile, unresolved murders that could have been carried out by hired professionals?

On the evening of October 11, 2001, Wales was sitting at his computer in his home office in his basement. A gunman avoided the security lights in Wales' backyard and shot him in the neck, through a window, with a handgun. The killer left shell casings behind. The shots were heard by a neighbor who called 9-1-1.

In February of 2018 an FBI official reported the investigation had found "evidence strongly suggesting" Wales was murdered by a professional killer and, for the first time, indicated that his death was likely a conspiracy involving a small group of people. The U.S. Department of Justice, meanwhile, announced that United States Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein would arrive in Seattle on Wednesday, February 21, 2018, to brief media on the progress of the 16 year-old investigation.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_C._Wales

**What are some other cases of high profile, unresolved murders that could have been carried out by hired professionals? **

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WotB Bureau of Investigation: Cheryl Mills, James Comey and Loretta Lynch.

After reading the thread by /u/martini-meow asking us to verify if James Comey's brother had connections with the Clinton Foundation, and after the WTF thought bubble exploded, I thought perhaps we could try some crowd investigative work in an attempt to connect the dots. Not sure what would be the best way to go about this, so very open to ideas.

Here's a rough start:

 

 

  • Peter Comey, James Comey's brother, works for DLA Piper, the law firm that reviewed the Clinton Foundation's tax returns and is ranked #5 on Hillary Clinton’s all-time Top Contributors list.

 

  • Cheryl Mills was involved in the first Clinton email controversy, filegate.

 

  • Loretta Lynch was nominated by both Bill Clinton and Obama as U.S. Attorney and now overlooked Hillary's email server case.

 

  • Comey, served as a deputy attorney general in the Justice Department, during the criminal investigation of Sandy Berger. James Comey was appointed to investigate the pardon of Marc Rich and found no illegality on Bill Clinton's part. Comey also closed the case on the New Square case (http://www.nytimes.com/2002/06/21/us/prosecutors-clear-clintons-in-clemency-of-4-hasidic-men.html) when New Square voters gave HRC 1,400 votes.

 

Cheryl Mills

  • Chief of staff to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
  • Bill Clinton’s impeachment defense lawyer
  • White House Counsel for President Bill Clinton
  • Nominated member of the State Investment Council - Donald DiFrancesco's lame duck - 2002 1
  • Key player in the "Emailgate" case - 2000 2
  • Hogan & Hartson - 1990 - 1993

Loretta Lynch

  • Attorney General
  • Investigated Citigroup over mortgage securities sold by th
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Kasie DC: New Sexual Misconduct Allegations Against Kavanaugh; Joe Biden Should Apologize to Anita Hill; Rosenstein "Felt Used" By Trump; What to Expect from Dr. Ford's Thursday Testimony; Sen. Chris Coons Firm on His "No" Vote on Kavanaugh (September 23, 2018)

Three-hour special!

Democrats investigating another allegation against SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh
Democrats are investigating a new allegation of sexual misconduct against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh during his days at Yale University.

Lawmakers to Trump: 'Let us handle' Kavanaugh allegations
On the Sunday shows, America got a preview of what to expect from Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s hearing on Thursday.

Sen. Coons: I’m voting ‘no’ on Kavanaugh
Ahead of Thursday’s hearing, Senator Chris Coons is firm in his vote against President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee.

White House 'digs in' as second woman alleges sexual misconduct from Judge Brett Kavanaugh
New allegations throws an already hectic week into a “tailspin.”

Anita Hill hearings led to 'Year of the Woman'
Many of the female faces you see on Capitol Hill today first gained their seats in Congress after outrage over the hearings of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and professor Anita Hill.

Rosenstein 'felt used' by Trump administration before suggesting recording President
The Washington Post reports that United States Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein 'felt like something needed to be done' after he was “blindsided” by the president.

Fmr. Sen. Baucus: Joe Biden should apologize to Anita Hill
Then-Senator Joe Biden led the Judiciary Committee as chairman during Anita Hill’s testimony in 1991, and now his handling of the hearing could come back to haunt him as he mulls a presidential run.

Link

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Sally Yates testimony to Congress on Russia investigation | 2:30pm ET
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NORML News of the Week 9/12/2013 - Feds not likely to challenge state legalization laws

Recent Action Alerts:

California: Support Medical Marijuana Regulation Bill to Protect California from Federal Raids

California: Legislation to Restrict Use of E-Cigarettes and Smokeless Vaporizers Withdrawn

Kentucky Legislature to Hold Informational Hearing on Medical Marijuana


Washington, DC: United States Deputy Attorney General James Cole reaffirmed that the Justice Department is unlikely to challenge statewide marijuana legalization efforts, provided that these efforts impose "robust regulations" which discourage sales to minors and seek to prevent the diversion of cannabis to states that have not yet legalized its use.

"We will not ... seek to preempt state ballot initiatives," Cole told members of the US Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, adding that state "decriminalization [laws] can co-exist with federal [drug] laws."

In an August 29 Department of Justice memorandum, Deputy Attorney General Cole had previously directed the US Attorneys in all 50 states not to interfere with the implementation of state marijuana regulations, unless such activities specifically undermined eight explicit federal law enforcement priorities.

In response to a question from Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Cole also stated that federal prosecutors should utilize similar discretion and not interfere with the activities of state-compliant cannabis dispensaries, as long as their actions "are not violating any of the eight federal enforcement priorities" outlined in the agency's August 29th memo. Rhode Island is one of six states, as well as Washington, DC, that presently licenses the production and distribution of medical cannabis. Six additional states are expected to enact similar licensing regulations in the coming months.

Several Senators and witnesses questioned whether the Justice Department would consider amending federal financial regulations that presently inhibit state-compliant cannabis businesses from taking standardized tax deductions and partnering with conventional financial institutions. Deputy Atto

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Megathread: Attorney General Bill Barr Submits Letter of Resignation Effective December 23rd
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How I got a (not really an) HOA disbanded - and destroyed a bitchy "President of the HOA" in the process. Warning: LONG ASS READ! - So long in fact, I had to split it into two parts! This is part 5-8

I was invited by one of the mods to share this here as a mega thread, so here goes...

Edit - apparently this saga was so long that I had to split it into two parts. This is part 5-8.

Well, apparently I need to put this in here. I do not give consent for my posts to be read/interpreted/posted to any monetized or ad-supported platform. Examples include YouTube or other platforms. Short version: If you make money off reading someone else's posts, I do not give consent for you to make money off of my posts.

Part 5:

IRS agents arrived bright and early yesterday morning at the Harpy's house. Including two from the IRS's Criminal Investigation Division.

These are people with arrest power, by the way. And yeah, that's important later in the day.

When I left for work Friday morning, the two IRS-CID agents were walking up to the Harpy's house. I texted my neighbor and friend who lives with a line of sight to her house, and he started sending me updates throughout the day. After the initial pair of agents arrived, another SUV arrived with several more agents. These were apparently there to collect evidence.

Now, I need to briefly back up a few months before the psycho's world started to come crashing down. I had noticed a brand new Mercedes SUV driving around the neighborhood, but really didn't think anything of it. Never paid attention to who was driving it, and really couldn't care. Well, it turns out that before the excrement hit the rotating wind vectoring device, she was living high on the hog, and went out and bought herself a brand new shiny SUV.

Among all of the evidence gathered Friday, they were looking pretty hard at that SUV. According to my friend, several pictures were taken, clipboards consulted, and a lot of looking at the area of the windshield where one would find the VIN.

Around mid-day, the agents that didn't have "Special Agent" on their jackets began hauling out boxes sealed with red tape to their SUV. Several boxes. As well as at least one computer tower, and he thinks a laptop as well.

I thought that my day was made. I really did. But Friday evening, my day got oh-so-much better.

My friend came over and told me he had something to show me.

He pulled out his phone, and gave me an absolute shit-eating grin.

He made me wait for it.

It was worth it.

Dear readers, I got to watch video that my friend shot from his living room window, of the Harpy. Lil' miss President of the Not-Really-an-HOA. Oh, and an absolute bitch to boot

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The Sauce: The president considers martial law to overturn election while Russia infiltrates the highest levels of government

Instead of Lost in the Sauce today, this is THE SAUCE: though these events have been front-page news, they’re too important not to cover. I’ll post Lost in the Sauce either tomorrow or the following day.

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##Slow motion coup

Conspiracy theorist lawyer Sidney Powell has been at the White House three times in the past four days following reports that Trump is considering an even more radical tactic to stay in power.

On Friday, Trump discussed (non-paywalled) appointed Powell to be a special counsel overseeing an investigation of voter fraud. The idea was apparently met with pushback from his advisors, including - perhaps surprisingly - from Rudy Giuliani. Powell and Michael Flynn, her client, were present for a meeting that “became raucous and involved people shouting at each other at times.” Both have recently advocated for Trump to declare martial law and deploy the military to “rerun” the election.

>NYT: The White House counsel, Pat A. Cipollone, and the White House chief of staff, Mark Meadows, repeatedly and aggressively pushed back on the ideas being proposed, which went beyond the special counsel idea, those briefed on the meeting said...Trump also asked about Ms. Powell being given security clearances to pursue her work… Powell accused other Trump advisers of being quitters, according to the people briefed.

>Axios: "It's basically Sidney versus everybody," the source told Swan. "That is why voices were raised. There is literally not one motherf—r in the president’s entire orbit — his staunchest group of supporters and allies — who doesn't think that Sidney Powell should be on that first rocket to Mars." ...With the

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Lost in the Sauce: Russia hacks U.S. government, congratulates Biden; Trump silent.

Welcome to Lost in the Sauce, keeping you caught up on political and legal news that often gets buried in distractions and theater… or a global health crisis.

Housekeeping:

  • HOW TO SUPPORT: I know we are all facing unprecedented financial hardships right now. If you are in the position to support my work, I have a patreon, venmo, and a paypal set up. No pressure though, I will keep posting these pieces publicly no matter what - paywalls suck.

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##Russia

Russian government hackers breached numerous U.S. agencies, including the Treasury, Commerce, and Homeland Security Departments, in a campaign that began as early as Spring 2020. CISA and the FBI are investigating, but officials say it is “too soon to tell how damaging the attacks were and how much material was lost.”

>The global campaign, investigators now believe, involved the hackers inserting their code into periodic updates of software used to manage networks by a company called SolarWinds. Its products are widely used in corporate and federal networks, and the malware was carefully minimized to avoid detection.

Though the initial intrusion occurred earlier this year, Trump has decimated the cybersecurity arm of the federal government and failed to nominate confirmable leaders of Homeland Security. Last month, Trump fired the Director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, Christopher Krebs, for refusing to undermine the election. Around the same time, Assistant Director for Cybersecurity at DHS Bryan Ware and Deputy Director of CISA Matt Travis were also forced out.

  • DHS does not have a Senate-confirmed Secretary, Deputy Secretary, General Counsel, or Undersecretary for Management.

  • Additionally, there is no White House cybersecurity coordinator, no State Dept. cybersecurity coordinator, the National Security Agency Director is leaving on

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Lost in the Sauce: Pardons to be given out "like Christmas gifts"

Welcome to Lost in the Sauce, keeping you caught up on political and legal news that often gets buried in distractions and theater… or a global health crisis.

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##Barr under fire

Attorney General William Barr revealed last week that he had secretly appointed U.S. attorney John Durham as a special counsel in October. Durham is investigating the origins of the FBI investigation into Trump’s 2016 campaign and its ties to Russia. Barr explicitly tied the move to the potential of a Biden administration, writing that it was intended “to provide [Durham] and his team with the assurance that they could complete their work, without regard to the outcome of the election.” In other words, as special counsel Durham cannot be fired by Biden or his AG without “good cause.”

Additionally, Barr’s order gives Durham a sweeping mandate:

>In short, Durham can investigate anyone who potentially violated any law that is in any way connected with the investigation of the 2016 election. And that investigation can target Mueller and his staff.

  • House Judiciary Committee Jerry Nadler (D-NY) pointed out that Durham is not eligible to be special counsel: “On its face, this appointment appears to violate the Department’s own regulations—which stipulate, among other requirements, that 'the Special Counsel shall be selected from outside the United States Government.’ The sitting U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut is simply not eligible for the job.”

  • The person who wrote the special counsel regulations as a Justice Department lawyer in the late 1990s, Neal Katyal, agrees with Nadler’s assessment that Durham is not permitted to be assigned his new role. In an [op-ed](https://www.nyti

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Lost in the Sauce: Barr's DOJ shut down investigations of Trump and admin officials

Welcome to Lost in the Sauce, keeping you caught up on political and legal news that often gets buried in distractions and theater… or a global health crisis.

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##Post-election

On Saturday, Trump announced on Twitter that he has put his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani in charge of his campaign's long-shot post-election legal challenges. Other people on the team include Joseph diGenova, Victoria Toensing, Sidney Powell, and Jenna Ellis.

  • Giuliani worked with a Russian agent to smear Biden. diGenova and Toensing tried to get the Justice Department to drop charges against corrupt Ukraine oligarch Dmytro Firtash. Powell represents Michael Flynn and champions "deep state" conspiracies. Ellis said gay marriage leads to pedophilia.

>NYT: Mr. Trump turned to Mr. Giuliani earlier on Friday in reaction to the latest setback he faced in court, this one relating to votes in Maricopa County, Arizona… A half-dozen other Trump advisers have described Mr. Giuliani’s efforts as counterproductive and said that he was giving the president unwarranted optimism about what could happen… In an Oval Office meeting with aides on Thursday, Mr. Trump put Mr. Giuliani on speakerphone so the others could hear him. He angrily accused the aides of not telling the president the truth

Giuliani’s conspiracy-riddled rant at Four Seasons Total Landscaping was so disastrous that it “scared off many of the lawyers” recruited to argue election-related lawsuits. [Politico](https://www.politico.com/news/2020/11/14/giuli

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Lost in the Sauce: Trump milks election fraud claims to fund defense against lawsuits & potential charges

Welcome to Lost in the Sauce, keeping you caught up on political and legal news that often gets buried in distractions and theater… or a global health crisis.

Housekeeping:

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##Transition

After weeks of delay, General Services Administration (GSA) chief Emily Murphy authorized the start of the presidential transition. However, in a letter to Biden, Murphy does not address him as “president-elect” and does not explicitly express “ascertainment” that Biden and Harris won the election. Instead, Murphy skips over that standard part of all transition approvals, under the Presidential Transition Act (compare to the GSA letter to President-elect Obama). It is unclear if this will have any practical effects on the transition.

In a pair of tweets, Trump acknowledged the transition has begun - probably the closest he’ll come to “conceding.” Trump also referenced the “thousands of threats” Murphy says she received in her letter to Biden (which was an odd thing to include in an ascertainment letter):

>I want to thank Emily Murphy at GSA for her steadfast dedication and loyalty to our Country. She has been harassed, threatened, and abused – and I do not want to see this happen to her, her family, or employees of GSA. Our case STRONGLY continues, we will keep up the good… ...fight, and I believe we will prevail! Nevertheless, in the best interest of our Country, I am recommending that Emily and her team do what needs to be done with regard to initial protocols, and have told my team to do the same.

Shortly before Muphy’s decision, the statewide canvassing board in Michigan voted 3 to 0 to approve the election results, with one Republican abstaining, and the Pennsylvania Supreme Court [rejected](https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/trum

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List of Republicans blaming Trump and GOP

Former Trump Administration

Current Trump Administration

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State of Nintendo in 2021 (rumors and predictions)

I am here with another year of reflection and prediction. I have done this for 2020, 2019 and 2018 as well: You can see those predictions here:

2020 mid-year: https://www.reddit.com/r/nintendo/comments/i3i7jm/state_of_nintendo_in_2020_7_month_retrospective/

2020: https://www.reddit.com/r/nintendo/comments/ee2xav/state_of_nintendo_in_2020/

2019: https://gamefaqs.gamespot.com/boards/189706-nintendo-switch/77354321

E3 2018: https://gamefaqs.gamespot.com/boards/189706-nintendo-switch/76268685

2018: https://gamefaqs.gamespot.com/boards/189706-nintendo-switch/76150741

Keep in mind that this is meant to drive discussion, don’t be a hater. Predicting the future of company plans from a fan perspective is not a precise science and some may be correct and many may be wrong. State what you think will happen in the coming year and why to add to the discussion.

2020 Retrospective

What a year, this is definitely one that will go down in history if only for how the world was shut down economically. Not going into what should have been done, so with the global pandemic hitting many industries, programmers had work from home orders which in turn caused numerous delays to titles that were being prepared for release. Regardless we still saw a steady stream of high-quality titles and the completion of DLC for titles of previous years.

DLC releases

Fire Emblem: Cindered Shadows (February) final DLC with the season pass included new characters and a bonus story playable at any time focused on the catacombs below the school

Super Mario Maker 2: The final update included new snow mechanics and a world maker where you could create a full Mario game (April)

Luigi’s Mansion 3: saw the release of two multiplayer packs (April)

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The final expansion “Fantastic 4: Shadow of Doom” (March)

Pokémon Sword/Shield: Two expansion packs in one pass “The Isle of Armor” (July) and “The Crown Tundra” (October) for the first time in a Pokémon game, bringing back many favorite Pokémon

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate: finished

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Around 3 pm on Sunday June 21, 1964, three civil rights workers had just crossed city limits into Philadelphia, Mississippi when they got a flat tire. Deputy Sheriff Cecil Price arrested them during a traffic stop and the 3 were released later that night. By August, their burnt out car was found.

Mississippi Burning

Who were the victims and why were they in Philadelphia, Mississippi in June 1964?

The three young men were James Chaney (21) from Meridian, Mississippi and Andrew Goodman (20) and Michael Schwerner (24) from NYC. All three were associated with the Council of Federated Organizations (COFO) and its member organization, the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). They were volunteering with Freedom Summer. This was a campaign to register as many Black American voters as possible in Mississippi. At the time, Black Mississippians:

>"were required to fill out a 21-question registration form and to answer, to the satisfaction of the white registrators, a question on the interpretation of any one of 285 sections of the state constitution. The registrars ruled subjectively on the applicant's qualifications, and decided against most blacks, not allowing them to register."

Michael Schwerner was already loathed by the Mississippi Ku Klux Klan. He and his wife Rita (20) had moved from NYC to Philadelphia, MS. They helped establish a community center in Meridian for Black people and were working to establish contact with the White working-class citizens in the area. As a result, Michael and Rita were threatened and harassed. They lived in an apartment with no running water because almost no one would rent to them. Every morning, they'd go to a Black-owned hotel to wash, sneaking through the back door so as not to draw attention.

James is the only Black person among them -- Andrew and Michael are White.

https://preview.redd.it/qcijv3mqbq561.jpg?width=500&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=ad983d47f8be624bd1e8c5184a28413922a2a099

Mississippi in the 1960's

In the summer of 1964, 20 Black churches in Mississippi are firebombed. The FBI gives the investigation the codename MIBURN (for "Mississippi burning).

  • The KKK terrorized people with "bombings, murders, vandalism, and intimidation in order to discourage black Mississippians and their supporters from the Northern and Western states. In 1961, Freedom Riders, who challenged the segregation of interstate buses and related facilities, were attacked on their route. In September 1962, the [University of Mississippi riots](https://en.wikipedia.org/w
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Lost in the Sauce: Trump's smear campaign fizzles out

Welcome to Lost in the Sauce, keeping you caught up on political and legal news that often gets buried in distractions and theater… or a global health crisis.

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##Trump’s hit job fizzles

Emails and photos purportedly belonging to Hunter Biden were circulating in Ukraine last year at the same time that Rudy Giuliani was in the country searching for dirt on Joe Biden. Two people said they were approached with Hunter’s alleged emails, first in May 2019 and second in September 2019.

Giuliani’s former business partner, Lev Parnas, separately told Politico that Giuliani was offered the photos and emails in May 2019 by an associate of Burisma founder Mykola Zlochevsky, who wanted to curry favor with the Trump administration.

>Parnas said Giuliani was eager to get the information from Zlochevsky...Ultimately, Giuliani was not satisfied with the answers he got back on July 7, 2019. Asked, for example, whether Joe Biden, while vice president, had ever assisted Zlochevsky or Burisma “in any way with business deals or meetings with world leaders or any other assistance,” Zlochevsky replied curtly: “No.”

Giuliani and Parnas were told former Burisma CFO Alexander Gorbunenko - among numerous others - also had access to the material Giuliani was seeking. However, the day Giuliani was scheduled to meet with Gorbunenko and get “a package of information” from him on Hunter Biden, Parnas was arrested.

  • Reminder: Russian military hackers infiltrated Burisma’s servers in Winter 2019, when talk of Ukraine, the Bidens, and impeachment were making headlines in the U.S.

**Trump’s hit job to be published in the Wall Street Journal resulted in the opposite of his desired findings: Joe Biden had “no role”

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Bill Barr, Iran-Contra, and Pan-Am 103: the Lockerbie Bombing Conspiracy

BREAKING NEWS: Bill Barr holds a press conference announcing, Libyan Abu Agila Mohammad Masud has been charged in a US court in relation to the 1988 Lockerbie Bombing which killed 270 people on Pan-Am 103, including 190 Americans and 11 people on the ground.

This seems like an odd attempt to tie up loose ends.. Perhaps this is deeper state than delayed justice, and represents some kind of settling of scores between Mueller's FBI and Bill Barr's Neocon era CIA. Considering that Mueller was the US Assistant Attorney General in charge of the US Department of Justice Criminal Division in charge of the Lockerbie prosecution/cover up and Bill was a former CIA man and lawyer for Reagan Admin involved in the Iran-Contra cover up, these guys nay have butted heads.

Most notably, Barr railed publicly against a long running independent counsel investigation of the Reagan-Bush administration and he fully supported President Bush’s last minute pardon of Caspar Weinberger, Reagan’s former defense secretary. Weinberger had been indicted on five felony charges, including accusations that he obstructed federal investigations and lied to Congress about the Iran-Contra affair.

Barr served as Deputy Assistant Director for Legal Policy on the domestic policy staff at the Reagan White House from May 1982 to September 1983. Barr would eventually serve as GHW Bush's AG and Trump's AG.

So what is the nexus between Iran-Contra and Pan-Am 103 Bombing you ask?

The theory suggests that U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) agents had set up a protected drug route from Europe to the United States—allegedly called Operation Corea—that allowed Syrian drug dealers, led by Monzer al-Kassar (who was involved with Oliver North in the Iran-Contra scandal) to ship heroin to the U.S. using Pan Am flights, in exchange for intelligence on Palestinian groups holding hostages in Syria.[15] The CIA allegedly protected the suitcases containing the drugs and made sure they were

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The Moderators of /r/law (save one) Endorse Joe Biden for President of the United States

The moderators of this subreddit do much to steer the course of the sub away from politics and into substantive discussion of law. In rule of law countries, these are typically distinct topics: how one fares before a court in a criminal or civil case is unconnected from his political faction and the fortunes of his party, and it has everything to do with the merits of his case. In autocracies and countries on the slide towards, law and politics fuse together. Prosecutions, convictions, and dismissed charges say little about the facts and much more about the political alignment of the targeted dissident or freed defendant.

This is an election unlike any other in modern memory.

Four years ago, the moderators of /r/law would not have dreamed of endorsing one candidate over another. Despite warning signs on the campaign trail, consensus was not to be had over whether candidate Trump’s despotic rhetoric would be accompanied by despotic leadership in the White House—certainly no consensus that would cause us to render an endorsement, which subreddit moderators do not typically do. Today, we have no such luxury of ignorance. We cannot ignore Trump’s relentless lawbreaking and unequal application of justice and allow our silence to serve to give the imprimatur of normalcy. While our top line is a political endorsement, it is a necessary one if substantive discussion of law is to remain a useful topic.

Our lone dissenter from this endorsement, /u/JoshTheGoat, believes the moderator team should not endorse anyone because it is inconsistent with the rules of the subreddit and jeopardizes our reputation for impartiality and even-handed moderation.

I concur with the idea that the moderation team should act with fair-mindedness and impartiality. It's for that reason, specifically, that I feel we must endorse Biden. Impartiality does not mean never taking a side; it simply means being impartial. To refrain from this issue here—where only one candidate has sought destruction of law itself—just to maintain the appearance of impartiality, is in my view, to take a side, though perhaps not the one intended. It is to sacrifice impartiality for neutrality, to pretend through silence, for sake of appearance, that both candidates share the same commitment to the rule of law, or that the issue is one in which fair-minded people might disagree. That this is an ordinary election. We owe it to our community to be honest about this issue and say otherwise.

Today, /r/law is en

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President-Elect Biden Announces Key Members of Foreign Policy & National Security Team

> Historic nominees and appointees include the first Latino and immigrant as DHS Secretary; the first woman to lead the intelligence community; an experienced diplomat as US Ambassador to the United Nations; one of the youngest National Security Advisors in decades; and the first Special Presidential Envoy for Climate to sit on the National Security Council > > > WASHINGTON – Today, President-elect Joe Biden announced key members of his foreign policy and national security team including Antony Blinken, Secretary of State; Alejandro Mayorkas, Secretary of Homeland Security; Avril Haines, Director of National Intelligence; Linda Thomas-Greenfield, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations; Jake Sullivan, National Security Advisor; and John Kerry, Special Presidential Envoy for Climate. > > These experienced, crisis-tested leaders will start working immediately to rebuild our institutions, renew and reimagine American leadership to keep Americans safe at home and abroad, and address the defining challenges of our time -- from infectious disease, to terrorism, nuclear proliferation, cyber threats, and climate change. > > President-elect Joe Biden said, “We have no time to lose when it comes to our national security and foreign policy. I need a team ready on Day One to help me reclaim America’s seat at the head of the table, rally the world to meet the biggest challenges we face, and advance our security, prosperity, and values. This is the crux of that team. These individuals are equally as experienced and crisis-tested as they are innovative and imaginative. Their accomplishments in diplomacy are unmatched, but they also reflect the idea that we cannot meet the profound challenges of this new moment with old thinking and unchanged habits -- or without diversity of background and perspective. It’s why I’ve selected them.” > > Vice President-elect Kamala Harris said, “President-elect Biden and I know that the moment we walk into the White House, we will inherit a series of unprecedented challenges. These crisis-tested national security and foreign policy leaders have the knowledge and expertise to keep our country safe and restore and advance America’s leadership around the world. They represent the best of America. They come from different places and reflect different life experiences. But they all share an unwavering belief in America’s ideals and an unshakeable commitment to democracy and the rule of law. And they are

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How sloppy federal prosecutors foolish mistakes got Jeffrey Epstein 15 months in jail

dailymail.co.uk | 16 November 2020

EXCLUSIVE: How sloppy federal prosecutors who agreed to Jeffrey Epstein's sweetheart plea deal were played so well by the pedophile's lawyers they didn't even realize they were giving immunity to Ghislaine Maxwell, new report claims

  • An explosive new report reveals that the prosecutors from Florida thought they were only giving legal protection to four female Epstein associates
  • They later admitted that it 'never dawned' on them the immunity clause was also designed to protect alleged madam Ghislaine Maxwell
  • Epstein's lawyers persuaded them to use language so loose it could also apply to the British socialite, who allegedly procured girls as young as 14 for him
  • An attorney working for Epstein had a prior relationship with one of the prosecutors and told him to 'do us a solid (favor)' to let Epstein off easy in 2007
  • The stunning blunder features in a report by the Department of Justice's internal watchdog, the Office of Professional Responsibility
  • It reveals in unprecedented detail the errors that led to Epstein serving just 15 months in jail in 2007 despite the FBI identifying dozens of potential victims

Federal prosecutors who agreed to Jeffrey Epstein's sweetheart plea deal were played so well by the pedophile's lawyers they didn't even realize they were giving immunity to Ghislaine Maxwell.

An explosive new report reveals that the prosecutors from the Southern District of Florida (SDFL) thought they were only giving legal protection to four female Epstein associates.

They later admitted that it 'never dawned' on them the immunity clause was also designed to protect Maxwell, who is accused of being Epstein's chief recruiter.

Epstein's lawyers persuaded them to use language so loose it could also apply to the British socialite, who is due to stand trial next year for allegedly procuring girls as young as 14 for him.

The stunning blunder features in a report by the Department of Justice's internal watchdog, the Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) which has not been released in full but DailyMail.com has seen a copy.

It reveals in unprecedented detail the errors that led to Epstein serving just 15 months in jail in 2007 despite the FBI identifying dozens of potential victims.

Among the other revelations is that the SDFL failed to obtain Epstein's computers

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Biden to tap Merrick Garland for attorney general - Politico

The pick comes after Democrats appear poised to gain control of the Senate, making the task of finding a replacement for the judge far easier.

>Joe Biden has selected Judge Merrick Garland to serve as his attorney general, according to two people with knowledge of the decision.
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>Biden selected Garland over former Sen. Doug Jones (D-AL) and former deputy attorney general Sally Yates, choosing to elevate the chief judge of the United States Court of Appeals in D.C. to run the Justice Department.
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>In 2016, President Barack Obama nominated Garland to serve on the Supreme Court, but his nomination languished in the GOP-controlled Senate at the end of the former president’s term. In recent weeks, Garland has been recusing himself from cases involving the federal government, fueling speculation that he was a leading candidate for the job.
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> In a Republican-controlled Senate, Jones was viewed as the easiest candidate to get confirmed given his strong relationships across the aisle. Garland was also considered a risk in that it would be difficult to confirm a replacement for him on the appellate court.

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Senator rips finding that Acosta used ‘poor judgment’ but broke no rules in Epstein case

Senator rips finding that Acosta used ‘poor judgment’ but broke no rules in Epstein case

BY KEVIN G. HALL, JAY WEAVER AND BEN WIEDER NOVEMBER 12, 2020 02:12 PM

Link to story

Former U.S. Attorney Alexander Acosta used “poor judgment” when he chose not to prosecute Palm Beach multimillionaire Jeffrey Epstein on federal sex-trafficking charges and instead let him plead guilty to a state offense of soliciting young girls for sex, the Justice Department said Thursday. The department’s Office of Professional Responsibility concluded that Acosta, who served as labor secretary in the Trump administration until the scandal over his mishandling of the Epstein case forced him to resign in July 2019, committed no professional wrongdoing and violated no ethics standards. The non-prosecution agreement was signed over 10 years earlier when Acosta was U.S. attorney for South Florida.

“Acosta’s decision to decline to initiate a federal prosecution of Epstein was within the scope of his authority, and OPR did not find evidence that his decision was based on corruption or other impermissible considerations, such as Epstein’s wealth, status, or associations,” a 13-page executive summary of OPR’s report says.

After the executive summary was released, Acosta, who had long refused to answer the Miami Herald’s questions about his actions, issued a two-page statement saying it “fully debunks allegations that the [United States Attorney’s Office in South Florida] improperly cut Epstein a ‘sweetheart deal’ or purposefully avoided investigating potential wrongdoing by various prominent individuals.” The Republican senator who requested the review after a Miami Herald investigative series saw it differently.

“Letting a well-connected billionaire get away with child rape and international sex trafficking isn’t ‘poor judgment’ — it is a disgusting failure. Americans ought to be enraged,” Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Oversight Subcommittee, said in a statement Thursday afternoon. “Jeffrey Epstein should be rotting behind bars today, but the Justice Department failed Epstein’s victims at every turn.

“The DOJ’s crooked deal with Epstein effectively shut down investigations into his child sex trafficking ring and protected his co-conspirators in other states. Justice has not been served,” Sasse said. “The full report needs to be released to the public. OPR might hav

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Lost in the Sauce: Fox News launders unverified Russian intel on Trump's behalf

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##Trump’s Russian laundromat

The Trump administration has been using conservative outlets like Fox News to launder unverified Russian intelligence intended to denigrate Democratic officials and candidates. In the latest instance last week, DNI John Ratcliffe declassified handwritten notes from 2016 by then-CIA Director John Brennan stating that he had briefed President Obama on Russian activities, including a reference to Hillary Clinton’s campaign attempting to “vilify Donald Trump.” Fox News was the first to publish the notes.

Brennan accused Ratcliffe of selectively declassifying documents in order to "advance the political interests" of Trump ahead of the election:

>"These were my notes from the 2016 period when I briefed President Obama and the rest of the national security council team about what the Russians were up to and I was giving examples of the type of access that the US intelligence community had to Russian information and what the Russians were talking about and alleging," he added.

Ratcliffe has approved the release of even more information meant to assist Trump, including “a large binder full of documents” he gave to the Justice Department. "At my direction, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence has provided almost 1,000 pages of materials to the Department of Justice in response to Mr. Durham's document request,” Ratcliffe confirmed.

There is nothing illegal about the actions allegedly taken by the Clinton campaign, as detailed in the released documents. As [Lawfare](https:/

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[META] Letter from the ATF and DOJ about Braces

https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/12/18/2020-27857/objective-factors-for-classifying-weapons-with-stabilizing-braces

AGENCY:

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, Department of Justice.

ACTION:

Notice; request for comment.

SUMMARY:

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (“ATF”) is publishing the objective factors it considers when evaluating firearms with an attached stabilizing brace to determine whether they are considered firearms under the National Firearms Act (“NFA”) and/or the Gun Control Act (“GCA”). ATF publishes this notice to inform and invite comment from the industry and public on the proposed guidance, Objective Factors for Classifying Weapons with “Stabilizing Braces,” prior to issuing a final document. Upon issuance of final guidance, ATF will provide additional information to aid persons and companies in complying with Federal laws and regulations. This notice also outlines ATF's enforcement priorities regarding persons who, prior to publication of this notice, made or acquired, in good faith, firearms equipped with a stabilized brace. Finally, this notice previews ATF's and the Department of Justice's plan to subsequently implement a separate process for current possessors of stabilizer-equipped firearms to choose to register such firearms in compliance with the NFA, including an expedited application process and the retroactive exemption of such firearms from the collection of NFA taxes.

DATES:

Written comments must be postmarked and electronic commentsStart Printed Page 82517must be submitted on or before January 4, 2021. Commenters should be aware that the electronic Federal Docket Management System will not accept comments after midnight Eastern time on the last day of the comment period.

ADDRESSES:

You may submit comments, identified by docket number ATF 2020R-10, by any of the following methods—

  • Federal eRulemaking Portal: www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
  • Mail: Office of Regulatory Affairs, Enforcement Programs and Services, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, 99 New York Ave. NE, Mail Stop 6N-518, Washington, DC 20226; ATTN: ATF 2020R-10.
  • Fax: (202) 648-9741.

Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency name a

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The NINE agencies Trump is using to corrupt the election

Over the past six months, Trump has been making increasingly false, absurd, and dangerous claims - from saying the “only way” he’ll lose in November is in a rigged election to claiming his opponents illegally “spied” on his campaign.

However, not only is he making these claims, the president and his cronies are corrupting the power of government to inflate his lies to the level of truth and oppress any evidence to the contrary. With the help of loyalists atop every federal agency, Trump has perverted the government to serve his own re-election desires.

This list is nowhere near comprehensive. There are many more examples that could be given, but I tried to keep it short enough that it is still readable.



##ODNI and Intelligence Community

Limit disclosure of knowledge of Russian sabotage.

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence, led by Trump loyalist John Ratcliffe, canceled future in-person briefings on election security issues to the congressional intelligence committees. Instead, the ODNI will provide written briefings only.

The change came after a classified briefing in which top counterintelligence official Bill Evanina told House members that Russia is again trying to boost President Donald Trump’s reelection and denigrate his opponent, Joe Biden. Trump was enraged after details of the briefing leaked to the public, revealing that his own administration’s intelligence officers contradict his repeated assertions that Russia is not interfering on his behalf.

Reminder: Trump fired the previous DNI, Joseph Maguire, after learning that one of Maguire’s staff members gave a 2020 election security briefing to the House Intelligence Committee. In the briefing, Maguire aide Shelby Pierson alerted committee members that Russia was interfering in the 2020 campaign in an effort to tip the election in Trump’s favor. In firing Maguire, Trump sent a warning to the entire intelligence community: Trump’s opinion and electoral prospects must be prioritized over facts.



##Department of Homeland Security

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