In the story by Franz Kafka, "In the Penal Colony," an officer was standing next to a lethal punishing machine. When asked about his qualifications, he explained simply, "My guiding principle is this: Guilt is never to be doubted." It seems many in Washington can claim the same Kafkaesque qualification this week when it comes to Attorney General William Barr. [snip]
What is most astonishing about the calls for impeachment, incarceration, and disbarment is that they ignore any countervailing information other than raw political manipulation of the Justice Department. Even more importantly, they ignore even the slightest possibility that the Justice Department may have done the right thing for the right reason.
Some Justice Department personnel handled it questionably, but Trump's reaction was worse.
The first thing to grasp about the Roger Stone sentencing fiasco is that Stone, even accepting the worst plausible gloss on his crimes, is a 67-year-old nonviolent first offender. If the criminal-justice "reform" fad were authentic, and not a stratagem of social-justice warriors who have taken Washington's surfeit of useful idiots for a ride, then we could all agree that the original seven-to-nine-year sentence advocated by prosecutors was too draconian " even if it was, as we shall see, a faithful application of the federal sentencing guidelines as written.
But no. Like criminal-justice "reform," the Stone prosecution is more politics than law enforcement...
The New York Times reported Thursday morning that former White House Communications Director Hope Hicks is making a return to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Hicks' return comes after a two-year hiatus.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- The families of three female high school runners filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday seeking to block transgender athletes in Connecticut from participating in girls sports.
Selina Soule, a senior at Glastonbury High School, Chelsea Mitchell, a senior at Canton High School and Alanna Smith, a sophomore at Danbury High School are represented by the conservative nonprofit organization Alliance Defending Freedom. They argue that allowing athletes with male anatomy to compete has deprived them of track titles and scholarship opportunities.
"Mentally and physically, we know the outcome before the race even starts," said Smith, who is the daughter of former Major League pitcher Lee Smith. "That biological unfairness doesn't go away because of what someone believes about gender identity. All girls deserve the chance to compete on a level playing field."
MIKE BLOOMBERG'S PRESIDENTIAL campaign plagiarized portions of its plans for maternal health, LGBTQ equality, the economy, tax policy, infrastructure, and mental health from research publications, media outlets, and a number of nonprofit, educational, and policy groups.
The Intercept found that exact passages from at least eight Bloomberg plans or accompanying fact sheets were direct copies of material from media outlets including CNN, Time, and CBS, a research center at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, the American Medical Association, Everytown for Gun Safety, Building America's Future Educational Fund, and other organizations.