Open thread October 21, 2022 Dan Crawford | October 21, 2022 8:34 am “Open thread October 18, 2022,” Angry Bear, Angry Bear Blog Comments (12) | Digg Facebook Twitter |
NY Times: A federal judge on Friday sentenced Stephen K. Bannon, a longtime adviser to former President Donald J. Trump who aided in the effort to overturn the 2020 election, to four months in prison for disobeying a subpoena from the House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol.
Mr. Bannon, 68, was found guilty of two counts of contempt of Congress this summer after Judge Carl J. Nichols rejected an array of arguments offered by Mr. Bannon’s defense team, including that he was protected from being compelled to testify by executive privilege.
Mr. Bannon will remain free pending his appeal.
The sentence, coming a year after Mr. Bannon was held in contempt by the House, is two months short of what federal prosecutors had requested this week. They had accused Mr. Bannon, the onetime editor of the right-wing news outlet Breitbart, of having “pursued a bad-faith strategy of defiance and contempt” from the moment he received the subpoena seeking information about his knowledge of Mr. Trump’s efforts to reverse his electoral defeat. …
He needs more than 4 months to slim down. Amazing an insurrectionist promoter goes to jail for 4 months.
If he’s going to ‘remain free pending his appeal’, they could just slap an ankle monitor to him & have him serve his sentence at home.
No, Jail means jail.
Federal Budget Deficit Fell to $1.4 Trillion as Pandemic Spending Eased
NY Times – Oct 21
The gap between what the government borrows and what it spends narrowed amid less spending and higher tax receipts.
That’s a big f$#@&ing deal! – Biden cut the deficit in half.
Today’s ‘Originalism’ thread is all about a paper which reveals that the stated principle has modern roots, does not date back any further than ‘Brown v. Board of Education’, and has much to do with the legal musings of one Robert Bork, starting in 1971. Bork went on to inspire Justice Sam Alito, who admires Bork immensely as it turns out. Originalism guides the thinking of five current justices apparently.
The Conservative Movement’s Favorite Legal Theory Is Rooted in Racism
Slate – April 6, 2021
Court temporarily halts Biden’s student loan cancellation plan
Boston Globe – Oct 21
How New Yorkers Are Stepping In to Help Asylum Seekers
NY Times – Oct 22
Volunteers are collecting donations, delivering pizzas and even opening up their homes to help Venezuelan migrants arriving by bus from Texas.
Rishi Sunak will become Britain’s next prime minister
NY Times – Oct 24
Justice Clarence Thomas temporarily blocks Senator Graham’s testimony in Georgia investigation
Boston Globe – Oct 24