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John Albin

John Albin

In-house subversive.

  • Even if it were true that the Steele memo was the main basis for the warrant (which it is not), how does that matter? Warrants are issued on the basis of tips from people with axes to grind all the time. Of course the dirt was dug up by Trump's opponents. Is it now a requirement that only evidence produced

    Even if it were true that the Steele memo was the main basis for the warrant (which it is not), how does that matter? Warrants are issued on the basis of tips from people with axes to grind all the time. Of course the dirt was dug up by Trump's opponents. Is it now a requirement that only evidence produced by a criminal's loyal friends can be used in a warrant application?

  • So ... last winter, I coined the acronym "hicamow" (high crime and misdemeanor of the week), and started writing facebook posts describing the week's stand-out impeachable offense. Unfortunately, this became pointless as hicamow rapidly became hicamod, hicamoh, etc., until we ran out of units of time

    So ... last winter, I coined the acronym "hicamow" (high crime and misdemeanor of the week), and started writing facebook posts describing the week's stand-out impeachable offense. Unfortunately, this became pointless as hicamow rapidly became hicamod, hicamoh, etc., until we ran out of units of time.

    Not that I particularly want to resurrect this endeavor, but the cease and desist letter Trump sent to Michael Wolff's publisher surely qualifies. Alas, I think we have reached such state of normalization of the abnormal and scandal fatigue that maybe we don't see this for what it is. A president seeking to exercise prior restraint of political writing via threat of litigation is the canonical example of a First-Amendment violation.

    Whatever the merits or demerits of the book, this is perhaps the most unambiguously impeachment worthy thing Trump has done so far. Scoffing at the futility of the threat (which seems to be the main pundit response) strikes me as entirely the wrong thing to do.

  • I'm not thinking about who should run for president. I'm thinking about who is running for Congress and Senate in swing states, Kentucky, and upstate NY.

    But if I were thinking about the presidency, I would ask "who has Bernie Sanders' policy positions, a reasonable amount of public-sector experience

    I'm not thinking about who should run for president. I'm thinking about who is running for Congress and Senate in swing states, Kentucky, and upstate NY.

    But if I were thinking about the presidency, I would ask "who has Bernie Sanders' policy positions, a reasonable amount of public-sector experience, is less than 60 years old and has has a bit more charisma than Bernie, and doesn't promote quackery?" I don't think Harpo spelled backwards is the answer to that.