Mar 112018
Capitol Punishment: Or, Keeping House is too Expensive

by Thomas L. Knapp……. Politico reports on a letter to US Representative and House Ethics Committee chairwoman Susan Brooks (R-IN), from more than two dozen members of the Congressional Black Caucus, requesting an investigation into “the legality and propriety” of lawmakers sleeping in their offices. Among their complaints are that the free lodging and associated perqs constitute a “direct violation of the ethics rules which prohibit official resources from being used for personal purposes,” and that the risk of seeing a naked politician creates a [continue reading…]

 March 11, 2018  Posted by at 1:16 am Issue #259, Thomas L. Knapp 1 Response »
Mar 112018
"Sanctuary State" Suit: The Trump Administration versus California and Federalism

by Thomas L. Knapp……. President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions find  California’s “sanctuary” laws inconvenient, and are asking the courts to rule in favor of their convenience rather than affirming the US Constitution. That’s the  takeaway from  United States v. State of California, a US Department of Justice lawsuit filed on March 6. The case sounds like it’s about immigration — and the administration can be counted on to play up that perception in the secondary court of public opinion — but  it [continue reading…]

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Mar 032018
America's Democracy Hypocrisy

by Thomas L. Knapp……. In late February, Venezuela’s government began accepting presidential candidate registrations and announced a snap legislative election for April. The country’s opposition denounces the process as a sham and Maduro as a dictator, both of which may be true. Oddly,  a third voice — the US government — also weighed in. Per US state media outlet Voice of America, “the United States, which under President Donald Trump has been deeply critical of Maduro’s leadership in crisis-torn and economically suffering Venezuela, on Saturday rejected the [continue reading…]

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Mar 032018
More Korean War is "Worth it?" To Whom?

by Thomas L. Knapp……. Speaking to CNN on the possibility of resuming hostilities in the nearly 70-year-old Korean War (in uneasy ceasefire since 1953), US Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) says “all the damage … would be worth it in terms of long-term stability and national security.” Worth it, Senator Graham? To whom? The last period of open war on the Korean peninsula cost somewhere in the neighborhood of 3.5 million lives, including nearly a million soldiers on both sides (36,516 of them American) and 2.5 [continue reading…]

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