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Americans Are Poorly Informed About Basic Constitutional Provisions | The Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania

“Protecting the rights guaranteed by the Constitution presupposes that we know what they are. The fact that many don’t is worrisome,” said Kathleen Hall Jamieson, director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center (APPC) of the University of Pennsylvania.

— Read on www.annenbergpublicpolicycenter.org/americans-are-poorly-informed-about-basic-constitutional-provisions/

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Trump responds to the Articles of Impeachment – Musing about law, books, and politics

It’s pure Trump: A rapid, continuous (and exhausting) stream of absurdity and lies. One lie can be managed. A few can be debunked. But stuffing several into each paragraph becomes an effective propaganda technique.

Dip in and see for yourself.

Source: Trump responds to the Articles of Impeachment – Musing about law, books, and politics

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Still Fighting the Civil War – Musing about law, books, and politics

The 1896 Supreme Court ruling in Plessy v. Ferguson gave us Jim Crow, and reestablished white dominance.

In 1954, the Supreme Court reversed the ruling in Plessy. We’re still riding the backlash from that decision. And here we are.

Still fighting the Civil War.

Source: Still Fighting the Civil War – Musing about law, books, and politics

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Ukraine Caper Crimes – Musing about law, books, and politics

In response to the nonsense about no underlying crimes, I put together a list of crimes committed during the Ukraine caper. (I can’t promise a comprehensive list. Who has that much time?)

Source: Ukraine Caper Crimes – Musing about law, books, and politics

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Parnas Doc Dump – Musing about law, books, and politics

In asking Zelensky to conduct an investigation that would benefit Trump personally, Giuliani and Trump behaved as if the government was at their personal disposal. They acted as if the U.S. is a mafia state.

Put simply: They conducted U.S. foreign policy for the personal benefit of Trump and pals. This is why the first Article of Impeachment is “abuse of power.” Yes, there were crimes involved. By the overall problem was behaving as if the U.S. is mafia state.

Source: Parnas Doc Dump – Musing about law, books, and politics

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Cynicism and the Senate Trial – Musing about law, books, and politics

McConnell now wants to persuade Americans not to follow the trial. He wants you to think it will be dull and meaningless.

Let’s not help him. Americans need to watch it all, even the lying.

Source: Cynicism and the Senate Trial – Musing about law, books, and politics

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Impeachment Update – Musing about law, books, and politics

We don’t know everything Pelosi knows, which makes it hard to predict what she will (or should) do.

But the delay is clearly helping the Democrats. Unlike in the Clinton impeachment, Trump’s numbers are currently on a downward slope. On Dec. 17, his approval was 43.8 on the 538 aggregate. Now it is at 41.9%, a long way from Clinton’s 73%.

Source: Impeachment Update – Musing about law, books, and politics

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How The Fear Of Islamophobia Affected An Iranian American Family : Code Switch : NPR

This was my dad’s biggest fear — that the country he had uprooted my family for, the place he had sacrificed everything to bring us to might become the object of our hatred.

— Read on www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2020/01/08/454050270/the-day-that-never-happened

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Elections – Musing about law, books, and politics

I can stand by this as a true statement: The way to win a national election is for people across the country to vote in large enough numbers to offset the inevitable mishaps, unintentional blips, and outright cheating.

— Read on terikanefield-blog.com/elections/

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The John Bolton Wildcard – Musing about law, books, and politics

John Bolton, who refused to testify in the House proceedings, said he’d testify at the Senate trial, if subpoenaed.

This puts Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in a tight spot.

Why?

Source: The John Bolton Wildcard – Musing about law, books, and politics