Quantcast
Connect with us

Here’s the real reason Trump is addressing the nation about the border wall: Former DOJ lawyer

Published

on

Donald Trump at opening ceremony for 2018 NATO summit. (Gints Ivuskans / Shutterstock.com)

Amid news that President Donald Trump wants to have a primetime address to talk about his border wall, one former Justice Department appointee read between the lines.

Quoting a tweet from the New York Times‘ Maggie Haberman about the report she co-authored revealing the planned address, Obama-era Homeland Security and Justice Department appointee Eric Columbus offered his conjecture on its real purpose.

ADVERTISEMENT

Admitting that he was “just speculating,” Columbus wrote that Trump may announce a national emergency “thus unlocking statutes that some argue allow some wall-building.”

The move would kick the fights to federal courts, “allowing him to reopen government while saving face.”

“If he later loses in court he’ll have a new scapegoat,” the former DOJ appointee noted.

ADVERTISEMENT


Report typos and corrections to: [email protected].
READ COMMENTS - JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Continue Reading

2020 Election

GOP congressman gets #StopTheStupid trending big-time against Donald Trump — but there’s a catch

Published

on

The hashtag #stopthestupid was trending last night on Twitter thanks to -- of all people -- a conservative Republican congressman from Michigan named Paul Mitchell. But before anyone gets too excited that Republicans are discovering integrity, there’s an asterisk: Mitchell is retiring in January.

Here’s what the exasperated congressman tweeted Sunday night in response to Trump’s lunatic ranting about the election outcome:

https://twitter.com/RepPaulMitchell/status/1333214085341712388?s=20

Sunday night, there were more than 21,000 tweets featuring #stopthestupid, many of them wondering aloud why more Republicans cannot show the spine and integrity displayed by Mitchell. Most presumably don’t realize, however, that he’s leaving Congress after just two terms in office.

Continue Reading

Breaking Banner

The Arab uprisings were weakened by online fakes

Published

on

The Arab uprisings a decade ago were supercharged by online calls to join the protests -- but the internet was soon flooded with misinformation, weakening the region's cyber-activists.

When Tunisian dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country in January 2011, rumours and uncertainty created "panic and hysteria", said ex-activist and entrepreneur Houeida Anouar.

"January 14 was a horrible night, so traumatic," she said. "We heard gunfire, and a neighbour shouted 'hide yourselves, they're raping women'."

As pro-regime media pumped out misinformation, the flood of bogus news also spread to the internet, a space activists had long seen as a refuge from censorship and propaganda.

Continue Reading
 

Breaking Banner

Dr. Fauci warns of post-Thanksgiving COVID-19 surge in US

Published

on

The United States is the worst-affected country, with 266,074 Covid-19 deaths, and President Donald Trump's administration has issued conflicting messages on mask-wearing, travel and the danger posed by the virus.

"There almost certainly is going to be an uptick because of what has happened with the travel," Fauci told CNN's "State of the Union."

Travel surrounding Thursday's Thanksgiving holiday made this the busiest week in US airports since the pandemic began.

"We may see a surge upon a surge" in two or three weeks, Fauci added. "We don't want to frighten people, but that's the reality."

Continue Reading