Authoritarians also dispense largesse, but they do it by their own whims, rather than pursuant to any system or legal rule. The point of authoritarianism is to concentrate power in the ruler, so the world knows that all actions, good and bad, harsh and generous, come from a single source. (The New Yorker)Last week, Trump granted pardons and commutations to 11 people with one thing in common: connections. Trump bypassed the process of formal procedures typically used to determine who is given a pardon, instead relying on connections to his wealthy friends and political allies.
Judge Jackson: “The truth still exists. The truth still matters. Roger Stone's insistence that it doesn't, his belligerence, his pride in his own lies are a threat to our most fundamental institutions, to the very foundation of our democracy...The dismay and the disgust at the attempts by others to defend his actions as just business as usual in our polarized climate should transcend party. The dismay and the disgust with any attempts to interfere with the efforts of prosecutors and members of the judiciary to fulfill their duty should transcend party.Judge Jackson pushes back
"Sure, the defense is free to say: So what? Who cares? But, I'll say this: Congress cared. The United States Department of Justice and the United States Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia that prosecuted the case and is still prosecuting the case cared. The jurors who served with integrity under difficult circumstances cared. The American people cared. And I care."
"Stone’s Motion for New Trial is directly related to the integrity of a juror. It is alleged that a juror misled the Court regarding her ability to be unbiased and fair and the juror attempted to cover up evidence that would directly contradict her false claims of impartiality," his lawyers argued.As expected, Jackson denied the motion to have her disqualified...
"The premature statement blessing the “integrity of the jury” undermines the appearance of impartiality and presents a strong bias for recusal," they added.
"That juror is so biased and so tainted, that shouldn't happen in our criminal justice system… You have a juror that is obviously tainted. She was an activist against Trump. She said bad things about Trump and bad things about Stone," the President claimed without evidence. "She somehow weaseled her way onto the jury and if that's not a tainted jury then there is no such thing as a tainted jury."
A new boss, Timothy Shea, had just arrived and had told them on his first day that he wanted a more lenient recommendation for Mr. Stone, and he pushed back hard when they objected, according to two people briefed on the dispute. They grew suspicious that Mr. Shea was helping his longtime friend and boss, Attorney General William P. Barr, soften the sentencing request to please the president.
...The tensions between the office, the Justice Department and the White House date back further than the tumult in the Stone case. They have been simmering since at least last summer, when the office’s investigation of Andrew G. McCabe, a former top F.B.I. official whom the president had long targeted, began to fall apart.
Mr. Shea’s predecessor, Jessie K. Liu, a lawyer whom Mr. Trump had appointed to lead the office in 2017, pressed the McCabe case even after one team of prosecutors concluded that they could not win a conviction. After a second team was brought in and also failed to deliver a grand jury indictment, Ms. Liu’s relationship with Mr. Barr grew strained, people close to them said. She left the position this year, though she and Mr. Barr have both stressed to associates that her departure was amicable.
This is in the style of autocrats across the globe, who weaponize the law to help themselves and their friends and hurt their enemies. The nation’s legal system is now run by a man who has spent his life mocking it. (NYT Editorial Board)Meanwhile, the president’s allies have reportedly been urging him to fire anyone who was involved in Mueller’s investigation:
The MAGA punditry’s outsized influence over the president means their campaign against the so-called Mueller “holdovers” is likely not falling on deaf ears, especially given Trump’s fixation with what his defenders and detractors are saying about his administration in their frequent appearances on his favorite TV programs.What can be done about the politicization of the DOJ? In an op-ed for The Washington Post, Cass Sunstein of Harvard Law School suggests that “Congress should transform the Justice Department into an independent agency, legally immunized from the president’s day-to-day control.”
“It's totally unclear to me why any members of the Mueller team need to remain in the Trump DOJ,” the pro-Trump conservative blogger Will Chamberlain wrote after news broke of the Stone sentencing recommendation.
...GOP operative Arthur Schwartz, a close friend of Donald Trump Jr. who has been described as the eldest son’s “fixer,” said of the career officials in question: “I think they should all be investigated.”
...John Dowd, a former Trump lawyer who remains in touch with the White House, characterized the line attorneys in the Stone case as “insubordinate,” and “the same crowd of prosecutors wedded to the Mueller agenda” who need to be “cleaned out” from DOJ. “And Bill Barr is doing that,” Dowd said.
The justice wrote that granting emergency applications often upends "the normal appellate process" while "putting a thumb on the scale in favor of the party that won." Targeting her conservative colleagues, she said "most troublingly, the Court's recent behavior" has benefited "one litigant over all others."
"Claiming one emergency after another, the Government has recently sought stays in an unprecedented number of cases," Sotomayor said. "It is hard to say what is more troubling," she said, pointing to the case at hand, "that the Government would seek this extraordinary relief seemingly as a matter of course, or that the Court would grant it." CNN
The Justice Department revealed Tuesday that law enforcement officials running Ukraine-related investigations must seek approval before expanding their inquiries — a move that could have implications for Rudolph W. Giuliani, as President Trump’s personal attorney pushes for scrutiny of the president’s political foes while facing a federal probe into his own conduct.
Assistant Attorney General Stephen E. Boyd wrote to Nadler that the department had tapped two U.S. attorneys to assist in the process — Scott Brady in Pittsburgh to receive and assess new information, and Richard Donoghue in Brooklyn to help coordinate personnel throughout the Justice Department involved in Giuliani’s case and others with a focus on Ukraine. An accompanying internal memo, circulated by Rosen in January, says that he and Donoghue must approve expansions of any inquiries.
In effect, the Hill said Solomon amplified an inaccurate and one-sided narrative about the Bidens and Ukraine that was fed to him by Giuliani, “facilitated” by businessman Lev Parnas, who was working with Giuliani at the time, and reinforced by Solomon’s own attorneys, who also represented clients embroiled in U.S.-Ukraine politics.
But the Hill stopped short of retracting or apologizing for Solomon’s articles, nor did it say it shouldn’t have published them. It also didn’t characterize Solomon’s motives in presenting what appears to be a largely debunked conspiracy theory about Ukraine.
“In certain columns, Solomon failed to identify important details about key Ukrainian sources, including the fact that they had been indicted or were under investigation,” said the internal investigation, which was overseen by the newspaper’s editor, Bob Cusack. “In other cases, the sources were [Solomon’s] own attorneys” — Victoria Toensing and Joseph DiGenova, who have also represented President Trump and Giuliani, who was also a key source for Solomon’s columns.
Solomon didn’t disclose this connection in his columns nor did he disclose to his editors that he shared drafts of his stories with Toensing, DiGenova and Parnas, the review noted.
Trump has told his lawyers that Bolton should not be allowed to publish any of his interactions with him about national security because they are privileged and classified, these people said. He has also repeatedly brought up the book with his team, asking whether Bolton is going to be able to publish it, they said.
Trump told national television anchors on Feb. 4 during an off-the-record lunch that material in the book was “highly classified,” according to notes from one participant in the luncheon. He then called him a “traitor.”
“We’re going to try and block the publication of the book,” Trump said, according to the notes. “After I leave office, he can do this. But not in the White House...I give the guy a break. I give him a job. And then he turns on me,” Trump added during the West Wing lunch. “He’s just making things up.”
"I thought a lot about if I had been in that position how would I have approached it, and I'll be honest: It's inconceivable to me that if I had firsthand knowledge of gross abuse of presidential power that I would withhold my testimony from a constitutional accountability process.”
"I can't imagine withholding my testimony, with or without a subpoena," Rice said. "I also can't imagine, frankly, in the absence of being able to provide the information directly to Congress, not having exercised my First Amendment right to speak publicly at a time when my testimony or my experience would be relevant. And, frankly, when my subordinates ... were doing their duty and responding in a fashion consistent with their legal obligations to provide information."
"I would feel like I was shamefully violating the oath that I took to support and defend the Constitution."
President Donald Trump’s choice to stay at his own Las Vegas hotel each night during the western states swing that wraps up Friday likely cost taxpayers a million extra dollars as well as diverted thousands of them into his own cash registers.Breaking with precedent, Trump flew back to Vegas to stay every night at his Trump International Hotel, despite his day activities taking place in California, Arizona, and Colorado.
Had Trump held the same events but done so in a geographically logical order ― starting in Beverly Hills and finishing in Colorado Springs, but overnighting each day in the city where he would begin the following morning ― Trump would have spent four fewer hours aboard Air Force One, thereby saving taxpayers about $1.1 million.This week, Trump has a whole new country to focus on: India, home to the largest portfolio of Trump real estate projects outside North America, according to the president’s son Donald Trump Jr. According to The Washington Post, since the elder Trump’s last trip to India in 2014, two of his business partners have encountered massive legal and financial trouble.
...Indeed, the repeated overnight trips to Las Vegas may have forced the Secret Service and other support personnel to keep a motorcade there for a full four days, rather than move it to the site of an upcoming presidential trip
In 2018, the president’s son, Donald Trump Jr. — who runs the Trump Organization with his brother, Eric Trump — spent several days in India promoting the family’s developments, attending a champagne dinner with condo buyers who plunked down $39,000 deposits and bringing in millions of dollars in new sales. While there, he also met with Modi behind closed doors. The next year, Trump’s Indian business partners flew 100 early buyers of his luxury condos near Delhi to visit Trump Tower and Trump Ferry Point golf course in New York City as a way to generate interest in the properties in India. One attendee gushed afterward about meeting the son of a U.S. president on the trip.
President Donald Trump’s campaign is bringing on an alum of the controversial data firm Cambridge Analytica...Matt Oczkowski, who served as head of product at Cambridge before it went bankrupt and shut down in 2018, is helping oversee the Trump campaign’s data program...Oczkowski, who also worked on Trump’s 2016 effort, joined the reelection campaign in January, and payments to his company, HuMn Behavior, are expected to show up on Trump’s next campaign finance disclosure later this month. (Politico)An Axios report revealed where most of Trump’s re-election campaign is spending its advertising budget: on Facebook ads. “Last fall, the campaign urged Facebook to keep the same tools for political advertisers that they make available to companies...Facebook ultimately decided not to change its policies around microtargeting.” However, unlike in 2016, the campaign is also diversifying, “testing new strategies on several dozen platforms, including YouTube, Google, ad exchanges, publisher networks and conservative podcasts.”
The United States is against mentioning climate change in the communique of the world’s financial leaders, G20 diplomats said, after a new draft of the joint statement showed the G20 are considering including it as a risk factor to growth...G20 sources said the United States was reluctant to accept language on climate change as a risk to the economy. ReutersOn Sunday, it was announced that the U.S. ultimately agreed to a less-prominent placement for the risks of climate change. It will now appear in language referencing the Financial Stability Board’s work examining the implications of climate change for financial stability.
One of the G20 sources said it was the first time a reference to climate change had been included in a G20 finance communique during Trump’s presidency, even though it was removed from the top of the joint statement. U.S. officials have resisted naming climate change as an economic risk since Trump took office in 2017. One of his first acts as president was to announce Washington’s withdrawal from the Paris climate accord.
"All traitors must die miserable deaths," Atkinson's email read in part, the indictment says. "Those that represent traitors shall meet the same fate[.] We will hunt you down and bleed you out like the pigs you are. We have nothing but time, and you are running out of it, Keep looking over your shoulder[.] We know who you are, where you live, and who you associate with[.] We are all strangers in a crowd to you[.]"On Wednesday, Salvatore Lippa of New York was arrested for threatening to assault and murder Rep. Adam Schiff and Sen. Chuck Schumer in voicemails last month.
Lippa started the threatening message by calling the congressman "Schiff, Shifty Schiff," invoking the nickname used by President Donald Trump for Schiff, the lead House manager during Trump's impeachment trial.
...When questioned by U.S Capitol Police, Lippa admitted to making the threatening calls to Schiff and Schumer because he said he was upset about the impeachment proceedings, prosecutors said.
You might not be aware, but the design strongly affects the way we act. A lot of places surrounding us are designed in such a way as to make us behave in a particular manner, which is a clever move all along.submitted by jeffjeremy to u/jeffjeremy [link] [comments]
Just think of the grocery shops, which place some impulsive purchases and special offerings at the end of the row with multiple goods on the shelves. They also tend to keep the boxes of candy closer to the floor so that kids could see what is on offer. This assists in boosting the sales of products all along. Multiple shops get inspired by the designs of casino sites as they have long proved to be intensely efficient in managing the user behavior and affecting players in this or that way.
So, how do casino-centered places use their design to keep us thrilled and entertained? There is a theory behind this matter that the way they are designed has changed significantly, especially in the latest period, but they are still grounded on two fundamental concept theories, which we will examine further.
Friedman and the Conventional Casino-Oriented Stylinghttps://preview.redd.it/uy5xya4jjfe11.jpg?width=625&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=8a654a21b842989fb4cb21ac1730d4aaec7800ce
You might have heard much about how gambling-powered places are styled and you have probably heard about the impact of Friedman’s principles on this matter. These are special guidelines that presuppose the prevention of natural lighting from penetrating the place (so that players lose any sense of time). They also include a perception that casinos need to be constructed according to the maze styling in order to stimulate users to keep gambling as they proceed further on into the distant corners of casinos (this is what makes it hard to detect where the exit is located). Isn’t it a truly smart move?
Fundamentally, Friedman had several major styling theories that he made up after he had overcome severe casino-related addition and after it had nearly devastated his entire life. He turned into a casino-oriented consultant, so that he could work for casino holders and architects to make sure gambling fans played for hours on end.
There are several major concepts in his theory of styling. He was of the opinion that lower ceilings produce the right impression by contrast to the higher ones. He also claimed that slots ought to be arranged in a labyrinth manner, while the decorations ought to be related to gambling pastime and the gambling spaces ought to be located within around 10 feet from the gateway to casino. The major idea in his theory is reflected in his quote, where he said that there is need to keep gamblers entertained for as long as possible, while at the same time making it harder for them to leave the place once they are there.
Friedman’s followers who constructed casino buildings according to his design concepts exist even now. Just as Roger Thomas began to cooperate with casino-oriented producers regarding the general design concepts in their buildings and resort areas, the styling of the casino interior continues to be grounded on the basic principles presented by Friedman long ago.
Thomas and the Adult-Oriented Gaming Space at Casinoshttps://preview.redd.it/tjpal1bsjfe11.jpg?width=634&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=d6c9cba7e51241b7438e252ede680b43133c21c1
Roger Thomas once started his cooperation with Steve Wynn, after they had first got acquainted in the 1980s. Even though rooms and lobbies in hotels needed modifications, he started from modifying the casino floor styling in one of the gaming epicenters of those times – Bellagio.
Both of them claimed that users would not be eager to make wagers if they felt as though they were trapped or in case they were confused with the proceedings. By contrast to this perception, they decided to persuade users to feel as secure as possible making them more prone to get engaged in risk-associated affairs.
This is just what happened. Thomas discarded all the standard styling rules and instead of it, created the kind of areas that were better lit, easier to navigate and much airier. The greatest modification was related to the decorations, which were especially designed to persuade users that they are doing the right thing, so that they could keep gambling for hours. Thomas once said that users felt better while being in luxury spaces where richness was expressed in every detail. Who would not want to feel better-off exactly?
Such styling became known as the playground design, and this considerably changed the way casino sites were presented to the public. Research found out that by stimulating the public to keep playing and by making people feel comfortable inside the gambling area, gamers would get more relaxed and would be much less stressed, so that they would play for longer duration without feeling tired. It also indicates that they would put more money at stake and would be more likely to get back to the gambling place even if they lose in the course of their gaming leisure.
Users are therefore continuously reminded that they can fully enjoy what they are doing in order to have lots of fun. And this is what they are actually doing, which means that they will keep gambling for many hours non-stop.
Why Casino-Oriented Styling Makes a Difference for Web-Based Casino Followershttps://preview.redd.it/73wm54ytjfe11.jpg?width=768&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=1e1634d98a4bbeb86a3f69b83af65ac389e6f586
Evil-wishers all around the globe are of the opinion that web-based casinos are intensely addictive and provoke even greater captivity of gamblers throughout the world. This persuaded Harvard investigators to shed light on this matter and analyze data regarding innumerable gambling cases throughout the period of two years.
What they have found was impressive. In the course of the research, a great majority of users gambled irregularly. There were only up to 5% of players whose gambling activity exceeded all possible standards and norms. It is also evident that according to other investigators, the prevalence of casino addicts has not changed over the period of more than 30 years, even though there are far better opportunities and much greater access to such entertainment tools in the modern conditions.
When the casino-oriented experts were evaluating the influence of Thomas’ and Friedman’s casino places, they found out that users surrounded by the luxury provided by Thomas’ styling are affected to the greatest extent and tend to gamble for hours on end. When playing at online casino sites, however, Friedman’s styling does not matter much. You will not pay attention to how such areas are designed when playing on the laptop or mobile device, which indicates that the only possible way in which you may be drawn into intense gambling is only by the game process itself, and not the styling of casinos.
This virtually means that you’ll be much less impacted by web-based casino-powered destinations, and this is the primary reason why web-based casino users are far less likely to get addicted to casino entertainment.
At the same time, similarly to how Thomas reshaped the outer looks of Las Vegas casinos, web-based casinos also evolve, so that modern-day gambling sites are focused on the intensity of gambling experience. You may find lots of fun-looking avatars, amiable reward mechanisms, incredible visual effects and much more. All this is aimed at letting you have lots of fun and feel more relaxed than ever. This is quite similar to what the stationary Las Vegas gambling destinations have on offer.
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