Tuesday, February 28, 2017

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Trump said not to be worried about Oprah possibly running in 2020.  Claims she's an over rated loser with little governmental experience. Plus she's a little over weight.


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On Wednedays my housekeeper sometimes brings over my youngest and favorite model who has become my friend.   One that I can easily afford.  She shoots for fruit.









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Here’s how much Texas candidates spent per vote in the November elections
U.S. Rep Will Hurd, for example, spent big for his win, shelling out $29.12 per vote, among the highest in the state.


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First Amendment Experts Call For Lawsuit Based On The Exclusion Of Leading Media Outlets From Press Gaggle

by jonathanturley
sean_spicerI recently discussed an ethics complaint by law professors against presidential aide Kellyanne Conway that I viewed as facially political in character and lacking a substantive foundation. (Of course, this was before the "Couchgate" scandal) My reaction to a new proposed first amendment lawsuit by news media is little better. Democratic U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney and first amendment advocated joined in condemning the Trump Administration's exclusion of some new organizations from a White House press briefing. I share their view that the exclusion was wrong and, with the recent attacks on the media by President Trump, contradict our core values as a nation that values the freedom of the press. However, I do not see a credible constitutional claim brought under the threatened lawsuit.
jonathanturley | 1, March 1, 2

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Groups: The Vikings Stadium Kills Birds

by jonathanturley
ctyp_stadiumbird3us_bank_stadium_-_west_facadeThe new Vikings stadium has yet to prove a killer for NFL rivals but it is certainly racking up bird kills according to the Audubon Society and other environmental groups. That modern glass exterior appears to be killing an alarming number of birds and groups are complaining that the stadium is continuing to "study" the problem while the dead birds mount. This stadium seems truly star-crossed. We recently discussed how the stadium has been found to be hazardous to hearing.
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White House: Kellyanne Conway Acted “Without Nefarious Motive”

by jonathanturley
kellyanne_conway_by_gage_skidmore_3recently discussed the ethics complaint filed against Presidential Advisor Kellyanne Conway by 15 ethics law professors. For full disclosure, Conway is one of my former students at George Washington University Law School (she graduated in 1995). I criticized the complaint as highly political with little foundation. The only aspect of the complaint that was not frivolous was the allegation that Conway violated the federal rule against endorsing commercial products in light of her comments about Ivanka's line of clothing and jewelry. As I stated, Conway did violate the rule though I viewed the violation as part of a tongue-in-cheek retort to the controversy. It still warranted a formal reprimand in my view but not an ethics charge or more serious action. The White House appears to have reached essentially the same conclusion though there is no indication of a formal reprimand as opposed to a public confirmation that Conway has been "counseled" and will not commit such a violation again.

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Las Vegas judge banned from bench after handcuffing public defender

Ousted Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Conrad Hafen will never again serve as a judge in Nevada, according to the state’s Commission on Judicial Discipline.
Hafen also agreed to public censure and admitted that he violated judicial canons, according to the resolution posted online Monday as the result of four complaints filed with the commission.

He specifically admitted he failed to “act at all times in a manner that promotes public confidence in the independence, integrity and impartiality of the judiciary,” did not uphold the law and “perform all duties of his judicial office fairly and impartially” and was not “patient, dignified and courteous to litigants, jurors, witnesses, lawyers, court staff, court officials and others he dealt with in his official capacity.”
Las Vegas judge banned after handcuffing public defender
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Hafen drew criticism from groups of defense attorneys after ordering a lawyer handcuffed in court in May.
The commission noted that another judge later overturned a contempt finding against Zohra Bakhtary, the deputy public defender who was handcuffed on Hafen’s orders.
Bakhtary was left to sit silently in the courtroom for about three minutes while her client was sent to jail for six months on a larceny charge. Hafen should have allowed the defendant or his lawyer to be heard, according to the resolution the former judge reached with the commission
The commission pointed to three other incidents prior to Bakhtary being handcuffed:
■ In December 2014, Hafen failed to file an order of contempt against a defendant given 50 days in jail for disruption in the courtroom.
■ A year later, Hafen failed to file a similar order for a man sent to jail for 10 days while he tried to represent himself at trial.
■ In April 2016, Hafen sentenced a woman to 25 days after she “started screaming and yelling” at the judge, and he again failed to file a contempt order.
Hafen, who in June lost a bid for re-election, could not be reached for comment Tuesday.
Contact David Ferrara at dferrara@reviewjournal.com or 702-380-1039. Follow @randompoker on Twitter.

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Justice Department takes ‘a complete 180-degree turn’ in voting rights case

Feb 28, 2017, 4:49 pm CST

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Trump, in Optimistic Address, Asks Congress to End 'Trivial Fights'

By JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS, MICHAEL D. SHEAR and PETER BAKER

The president called on Congress to work with him on overhauling health care, changing the tax code and rebuilding the nation's infrastructure and military.

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Savamah





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Attorney General Jeff Sessions spoke on Tuesday to the National Association of Attorneys General in Washington.
Sessions Indicates Justice Department Will Stop Monitoring Troubled Police Agencies

By ERIC LICHTBLAU

In his first speech as attorney general, Mr. Sessions blamed Justice Department scrutiny from afar for undermining the effectiveness of the police across the country.
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