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Brett Kavanaugh Chose Corporations Over the Public in a Major Net Neutrality Fight
Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court, will have his Senate confirmation hearings next month. An exacting look at his judicial record is crucial to understand where he stands on issues of critical importance to the American people. In one such case, United States Telecom Association. v. FCC, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals was called upon to review the constitutionality of the Federal Communications Commission’s net neutrality regulations from 2015. Kavanaugh’s dissenting opinion places a troublingly limited value on the free speech interests of the public relative to those of internet service providers.In his United States Telecom dissent, Kavanaugh acknowledges the importance of the net neutrality issue, writing that:The FCC’s 2015 net neutrality rule is one of the most consequential regulations ever issued by any executive or independent agency in the history of the United States. The rule transforms the Internet … prohibiting Internet service providers from exercising ed
corporateIndemnity  ISP  netNeutrality  trumpAristocracy 
23 hours ago by joeybaker
Treasury Department deletes Trump retweet touting 'Red Wave' that experts say was a violation of the Hatch Act
Government ethics experts immediately sounded the alarm, suggesting it may have been a violation of the Hatch Act, which prohibits federal employees from engaging in political activity while on the job.
trumpIncompetence  trumpAristocracy  trumpCorruption  informationWar 
3 days ago by joeybaker
Trump-appointed judge upholds special counsel Mueller's authority
A federal district judge who was appointed by President Donald Trump has upheld Robert Mueller’s appointment and constitutional authority in the special counsel’s case against Russian social media propagandists.
trumpAristocracy  judicialStupidity  judicialIncompetence  trumpAuthoritarianism  win 
5 days ago by joeybaker
Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort earned more than $60 million working for Russian-backed Ukraine politicians, special counsel Robert Mueller said in a new court filing Monday.
President Trump’s campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, earned more than $60 million working for Russia-backed Ukraine politicians, special counsel Robert Mueller said in a new court filing
trumpAristocracy 
18 days ago by joeybaker
Rudy Giuliani called Michael Cohen an 'honest, honorable lawyer' in May. Now, he's an 'incredible liar.'
Michael Cohen is officially out of President Trump’s lawyer squad, and current club leader Rudy Giuliani wants to make that very clear.
On last night’s episode of Cuomo Prime Time, Giuliani turned on Cohen, the president’s former longtime personal lawyer. “He’s lied all his life,” Giuliani told CNN’s Chris Cuomo of Cohen. “There is no doubt in my mind that he’s just not credible.” “He has lied all his life… a person who is found to be an incredible liar, he’s got a tremendous motive to lie now… I don’t think anyone believes that.” Rudy Giuliani dismisses report Michael Cohen claims Trump knew in advance of 2016 Trump Tower meeting https://t.co/xd4PFYYpcQ pic.twitter.com/9gxjNGWLRA
— Cuomo Prime Time (@CuomoPrimeTime) July 27, 2018 Giuliani’s accusation came after the Tuesday release of a tape in which Cohen and the president discussed buying the rights to a former Playboy model’s story of an alleged affair between her and Trump. Cohen secretly recorded the conversation, and his lawyer Lanny Davis released it
trumpAristocracy  trumpPropaganda 
21 days ago by joeybaker
FCC chairman will not recuse himself from investigation into former client Securus Technologies.
In a letter this May, Senator Ron Wyden called on FCC Chairman Ajit Pai to recuse himself from an ongoing FCC investigation into companies gathering real-time location data on cellphones users. As an attorney six years ago, Pai represented one of the firms now central to the investigation.
governmentRevolvingDoor  corruptedPolitics  trumpAristocracy 
23 days ago by joeybaker
Audience bursts out laughing after GOP Senate candidate says Trump is ‘standing up’ to Russia
Republican Senate nominee Corey Stewart (Va.) was interrupted by audience laughter during a debate on Saturday after saying President Trump “stands up” to Russia.
endOfTheGOP  trumpAristocracy  popularUnrest 
27 days ago by joeybaker
Kavanaugh: Watergate tapes decision may have been wrong
WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh suggested several years ago that the unanimous high court ruling in 1974 that forced President Richard Nixon to turn over t
judicialStupidity  authoritarianism  trumpAuthoritarianism  trumpAristocracy 
27 days ago by joeybaker
Trump denies Russia is targeting U.S. at Cabinet meeting
Trump told reporters Wednesday that there’s “never been a president as tough on Russia as I have been”
trumpStupidity  trumpLies  trumpPropaganda  trumpAristocracy  trumpIncompetence 
4 weeks ago by joeybaker
Conservatives moving to impeach Rosenstein soon
Conservative lawmakers in the House are preparing to impeach Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein,
trumpAristocracy  trumpCorruption  governmentIncompetence  endOfTheUSEmpire  corruptedPolitics 
5 weeks ago by joeybaker
New emails reveal Pruitt exempted Utah oil companies from smog rules
New emails reveal that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) exempted Utah oil and gas producers from key smog requirements,
corruption  trumpAristocracy 
6 weeks ago by joeybaker
Poll: Majority says Trump has emboldened racists
A majority of U.S. voters say President Trump has emboldened racists to express their beliefs openly, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll.
trumpIncompetence  trumpAristocracy  trumpAuthoritarianism  racism 
6 weeks ago by joeybaker
Trump associate Roger Stone reveals new contact with Russian national during 2016 campaign
Longtime political operative suspects the meeting in a South Florida restaurant was an FBI setup designed to hurt the Republican nominee.
trumpAristocracy  trumpCorruption 
8 weeks ago by joeybaker
RIP net neutrality: Ajit Pai's 'fuck you' to the American people becomes official.
Today marks an historic day, and a huge victory for the enemies of democracy. Rather than serve the American people, the US government sold our freedom to Verizion, Comcast, AT&T and other telcom companies. Net neutrality is dead.
netNeutrality  governmentIncompetence  casteingTheMiddleClass  casteingTheLowerClass  kleptocracy  ISP  trumpAristocracy 
9 weeks ago by joeybaker
N.J. mortgage lender fined $109M will pay $0 after Trump Administration drops kickback case
A Mount Laurel mortgage lender avoided a $109 million fine Thursday after a long-running case against them was dropped by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
trumpCorruption  trumpAristocracy 
10 weeks ago by joeybaker
FCC 'Lied to Media' Saying Net Neutrality Comment Flood Was Cyberattack
Between May 8 and May 12 it received more than 2.1 million comments. The system came crashing down.
governmentLies  trumpAristocracy  netNeutrality 
10 weeks ago by joeybaker
A former FCC senior official who issued false statements to reporters, claiming a cyberattack hobbled the agency’s comment system in 2014 and that the ex-chairman ordered it kept quiet, is now backpedaling amid renewed scrutiny by U.S. lawmakers and a w
A former FCC senior official who issued false statements to reporters, claiming a cyberattack hobbled the agency’s comment system in 2014 and that the ex-chairman ordered it kept quiet, is now backpedaling amid renewed scrutiny by U.S. lawmakers and a wholesale denial by the former chairman himself.
governmentLies  trumpAristocracy 
10 weeks ago by joeybaker
Mick Mulvaney fires all 25 members of consumer watchdog’s advisory board
The board had played an influential role in advising the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s leadership. But members held a news conference to criticize Mulvaney for, among other things, canceling legally required meetings.
trumpAristocracy  trumpAuthoritarianism  trumpCorruption 
10 weeks ago by joeybaker
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