Trump has no legal right to delay the federal elections without the consent of Congress, but his lack of legal authority has rarely stopped him. We know he will do almost anything to work the system and stay in power, and he thinks he can rely on the conservative majority in the Supreme Court to back him up.
- July 29, 2020A year ago, historian Heather Cox Richardson started writing small essays on the history behind the headlines and posting them to her Facebook page as LETTERS FROM AN AMERICAN. Today, over half a million readers (and counting) click on her dispatches each day.
- July 29, 2020
Attorney General William Barr testified today before the House Judiciary Committee. His combative answers confirmed that he is Trump’s man. He is committed to the narrative that dangerous anarchists are endangering law and order, and that Trump was unfairly targeted by FBI agents in what Barr calls “Russiagate.”
- July 28, 2020
Attorney General William Barr will testify before the House Judiciary Committee tomorrow for the first time. The Attorney General of the United States is, of course, not the president’s lawyer. The AG is supposed to be the attorney for the United States, protecting the rule of law. (The office of the president has its own lawyer—the White House Counsel—and the president has his own bevy of personal lawyers.)
- July 21, 2020The department’s limited public activity has been striking, particularly as several states have seen voters wait hours in line to vote and jurisdictions are rapidly limiting in-person voting options because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
- July 11, 2020
Tonight’s news dump felt different to me, as if Trump has realized that he is in trouble in the upcoming election, and rather than trying to court the independent voters he needs to win reelection honestly, is focusing instead on doing all he can to protect himself from indictments and to charge up his base. First, though, while there is much political news, the biggest story remains the coronavirus. Today the US had more than 68,000 ...
- July 3, 2020
Jeffrey Epstein’s associate Ghislaine Maxwell was just arrested. Epstein was a super-shady socialite and convicted sex offender, Maxwell was his socialite companion, and had been rumored to procure and groom young girls for Epstein and his friends. It appears there may be a political angle to Maxwell’s arrest. Epstein entertained important people at his parties, including a number of men in Trump’s circle, as well as Trump himself.