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    If (God forbid) Trump gets re-elected, our "corruption index" is going to get a lot worse.

    Greg Sargent had a good column about this topic this morning. Here is a key paragraph:

    "Rather, the real driver here is that Trump is removing officials who committed the sin of trying to defend the rule of law from his efforts to corrupt it. This is forward-looking: It clears the way for more such corruption of the rule of law and sends a message to others about what awaits them if they stand in the way of this as it continues to devolve."

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/02/24/awful-new-details-about-trumps-purge-should-alarm-us-all/

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    Another example of Trump's corruption is this:

    After Justice Sonia Sotomayor criticized the Trump administration and the court’s majority for leapfrogging lower courts to save Trump policies from injunctions, he slammed her and RBG, saying they should recuse themselves from "Trump related" cases.

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    Yes he will be re-elected, because the Dem's don't have their act together. Also due to the fact Trump made sure that everyone is slowly but surely "loyal" to him; he'll therefore wants the Supreme Court do the same.

    Unless the Dem's come with an "solid" candidate other than Bernie or Warren, then certainly we will get Trump, may be "forever" I guess the people here have no clue what an "mafia" in the W.H. is capable off.

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    Trump just announced that the United States is leaving the Open Skies Treaty. This treaty permitted signatories to it to monitor each other’s military activity by plane, enabling them to keep tabs on what each other was up to and thus, theoretically, making war less likely. Trump has argued that Russia is violating the treaty by limiting flights over critical areas, and is using that as a reason to abandon the treaty. But leaving the treaty means the U.S. and its allies will have less information on Russian military activity, including—crucially-- that on the border of Ukraine, enabling Russia to increase its pressure there. Retired four-star general and former Director of the National Security Agency General Michael Hayden tweeted “This is insane. I was the director of the CIA.” Russia expert Tom Nichols replied “The Russians can’t believe it’s all gotten this easy.”

    Representative Eliot L. Engel (D-NY), who chairs the House Foreign Affairs Committee, notes that the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act—a law Trump signed-- requires the president to give Congress 120 days’ notice before beginning the process of withdrawal.

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    If you add up all the Trump stupidity and you leave him in function for another 4 years, which is likely to happen, then this country will indeed become an "has been" in the world and be isolated from it.

    But yeah, I saw Biden on MSNBC this morning; sorry to say I was not impressed at all; he's still living in the 80's and barely can find words or screws up. Like he said, he will put increased taxes on the corporations here, as before Trump's tax cuts.

    To talk about such now will certainly "piss of" these "millionaires" and they will vote again even stronger for Trump as well donate more money to Trump's re-election. Stupid for sure. No, Biden does not have what it takes! ( he even insulted an "black" guy)

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    Heather Cox Richardson reminded us that yesterday was the one year anniversary of Trump's phone call to the president of the Ukraine - which eventually led to his impeachment.

    Her article illustrates the dangers of having "acting" directors instead of permanent office holders.

    While Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman, who was on the call, told his superiors what he had heard, someone else filed a whistleblower complaint. That complaint went to Trump's own appointee at the Intelligence Community's Inspector General's office, Michael Atkinson. Atkinson agreed that the matter was both "credible" and "urgent" and that House and Senate Intelligence Committees must be informed, as required by law.

    (Trump fired Atkinson on April 3, 2020).

    Atkinson followed the law, passing the information to the acting Director of National Intelligence, Joseph Maguire, on August 26. Maguire had only taken office ten days before, on August 16, after Trump's first DNI, Dan Coats, and Coates's second-in-command, Sue Gordon, both resigned. As an acting director, rather than a Senate-confirmed leader, Maguire served at the pleasure of the president.

    Maguire was supposed to scour the whistleblower complaint of all classified information before forwarding to Congress by September 2, as the law required. But, instead, Maguire took the complaint to the Department of Justice, headed by Trump loyalist Attorney General William Barr. On his advice, Maguire decided not to turn over the information to Congress.

    On September 10, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Adam Schiff (D-CA) demanded that acting DNI Maguire produce it. Maguire refused.

    (In February 2020 Trump rebuked Maguire when he heard that one of Maguire's subordinates, an expert on election security, had briefed members of House Intelligence Committee on Russian preference involvement in the 2020 election. Members of the committee were told Russia appeared to prefer Trump over Democratic candidates and could seek to act on that preference as they had done in 2016 election to boost his candidacy. Trump then announced he would be replacing Maguire, who resigned on February 21, 2020, and was immediately replaced with Richard Grenell as acting chief. Grenell lasted from February 20 until May 26, 2020, and was replaced by John Ratcliffe, who actually got confirmed by the Senate on May 21. Ratcliffe was considered one of the most conservative members of Congress. In 2016, The Heritage Foundation ranked Ratcliffe as the most conservative Texas legislator in Congress and second-most conservative legislator in the country.)

    Since then, the House impeached Trump but the Senate exonerated him; Vindman is gone; Atkinson is gone; Maguire is gone. But as Trump has increasingly consolidated his power, Americans have woken up and taken to heart that democracy is not a spectator sport.

    https://heathercoxrichardson.substack.com/p/july-25-2020

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    Your last line says it all; he's now surrounded with "super loyalists", who reflect the Hitler times. Barr is now just about the worst you can get. He's also behind the Gestapo actions, including Miller of course. Sorry people if you keep these "fascist" in power then the end is near for this country. Amen