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‘One of the Dumbest Things We’ve Ever Heard’: Critics Blast Pence’s Attack on Biden

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Former Vice President Mike Pence came under fire Wednesday afternoon as he attacked President Joe Biden by telling Fox News what he claimed he would be doing to respond to the Hamas terrorist attacks on Israel if he were President, only to have critics explain to him the Commander in Chief has already done those very things.

Pence, who has never served in the U.S. Armed Forces, declared, “I don’t know why @JoeBiden is doing press conferences in the Rose Garden talking about something other than America’s role as leader of the free world. If I was President of the United States, I’d have the team in the Situation Room and direct the Joint Special Operations Command to stand up special forces and have them immediately be prepared to deploy into Gaza.”

In the video of a Fox News interview he posted (below), Pence added he would tell Hamas, “You either give up all the American hostages, give up all the Israeli hostages, or we are going in with IDF [Israel Defense Forces] forces.”

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James LaPorta, The Messenger’s national security and military reporter responded to Pence, saying: “There’s already a JSOC [Joint Special Operations Command] unit on standby, I reported on this yesterday.” He pointed Pence to his article, titled, “US Sends Hostage Rescue Experts to Israel and Puts Special Ops ‘Door Kickers’ on Alert.”

Attorney George Conway blasted Pence, writing: “Yeah, let’s just drop a brigade or two of Americans into a hostile urban combat zone to wander around with no objective so they can get shot at by terrorists and bombed by the IAF [Israeli Air Force.]”

“This is seriously one of the dumbest things we’ve ever heard from an American politician, which is saying a lot given our recent experience with the guy who wanted to see @mike_pence hung.”

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Conway continued: “Really, @mike_pence, you should just quit. You have zero chance of winning. You are wasting people’s time and money. You are embarrassing yourself. You are doing no one, including yourself, any good.”

National security attorney Brad Moss told Pence, “He already did that, Mike,” pointing to a New York Post article titled, “US special operations forces, hostage rescue experts assisting Israeli forces: report.”

John Sipher, a former CIA station chief in Moscow urged the former vice president to “Please stop.”

Former Republican and former GOP Congressman Joe Walsh also urged Pence to “Please stop. Stop criticizing the American President. He’s doing a great job standing with and defending Israel. He’s on top of this. Get behind him and let’s be unified on this. Quit being political.”

Frequent political commentator Victor Shi informed Pence that President Biden “literally talked about Americas role in the free world this morning and is talking about it again now.”

Watch Pence’s remarks below or at this link.

 

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How SCOTUS ‘Let Trump Off the Hook’ and ‘Interfered in the 2024 Elections’: Expert

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The U.S. Supreme Court has yet to hand down its decision on Donald Trump’s claim of absolute immunity for his “official” acts as President, despite first being asked to do so by Special Counsel Jack Smith 192 days ago. But one expert says, in a way, they already have.

Many court watchers expected the Court to rule on the question of Trump’s claim to immunity from prosecution Thursday morning, but none came.

“Don’t hold your breath waiting for the presidential immunity decision. If you’re wondering whether the MAGA majority on the Court will let Trump off the hook, they already have. By doing so, they have already interfered in the 2024 elections,” charges Michael Podhorzer, former political director of the AFL-CIO, and the political strategist deemed the “architect” of the secret bipartisan shadow campaign that saved the 2020 election, according to TIME magazine.

The Supreme Court has “forced a historic crisis—an irreconcilable showdown between the normal operation of the criminal justice system (which should find Trump in pretrial and trial proceedings for his January 6th crimes over the next five months) and the normal functioning of presidential elections (which should find him campaigning full-time during those months),” Podhorzer wrote on social media Wednesday. “It didn’t have to be this way; it’s a crisis entirely of their own manufacturing.”

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Podhorzer was behind something of a “conspiracy unfolding behind the scenes,” a bipartisan effort to tamp down protests or violence when Donald Trump lost the 2020 election, that included “an informal alliance between left-wing activists and business titans… that both curtailed the protests and coordinated the resistance from CEOs,” TIME reported just weeks after Joe Biden was sworn into office.

“The pact was formalized in a terse, little-noticed joint statement of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and AFL-CIO published on Election Day. Both sides would come to see it as a sort of implicit bargain–inspired by the summer’s massive, sometimes destructive racial-justice protests–in which the forces of labor came together with the forces of capital to keep the peace and oppose Trump’s assault on democracy.”

Podhorzer now alleges there has been a “hijacking” by “MAGA judges,” in a social media thread called “powerful” by former Nixon White House Counsel John Dean.

“Imagine you were told that in another country, a president who had been defeated in a free and fair election attempted a coup, for which he was indicted—but four years later, the very judges he had appointed have helped protect him from standing trial so he could return to office” he posits.

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“Whether it’s in Orban’s Hungary, Erdogan’s Turkey, Putin’s Russia, or now the United States, authoritarian movements consistently attempt to amass and consolidate power by hijacking courts to provide them with post-hoc impunity. In the US’s case, the hijacking we now confront by the MAGA judges is the result of decades of hollowing out judicial independence by the Federalist Society and its revanchist backers.”

And it started, Podhorzer says, with Bush v. Gore, the 2000 Supreme Court decision that placed George W. Bush in the White House.

“Since Bush v. Gore, the GOP-appointed justices have consistently acted to benefit Republicans electorally.”

In his social media thread Podhorzer does not mention that three right-wing justices on the U.S. Supreme Court today were part of the Bush legal team’s effort at the Supreme Court nearly a quarter-century ago: Chief Justice John Roberts, Justice Brett Kavanaugh, and Justice Amy Coney Barrett.

The rest of Podhorzer’s thread recounts at least half-a-dozen instances when right wing justices have worked to help Republicans.

“Let’s be clear,” he concludes. ” All six GOP-appointed SCOTUS justices, and Judge Aileen Cannon, have current or former associations with the Federalist Society. None of them can be impartial about cases involving Trump, because his defeat will also mean the defeat of their hard-fought ideological legacy.”

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‘I Can’t Wait to Be Sued’ Gov. Brags Over Ten Commandments Bill – Rights Groups Vow To Oblige

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A bill claiming the Bible’s Ten Commandments are “foundational documents of our state and national government” was signed into law Wednesday by Louisiana Republican Governor Jeff Landry. The new law requires a poster of the Ten Commandments, in a “large, easily readable font,” be displayed in all public school classrooms, from kindergarten through college.

“I can’t wait to be sued,” Gov. Landry bragged on Saturday at a GOP fundraising event in Tennessee after announcing he would sign the bill into law. Critics say it is unconstitutional.

A vice president for the civil rights group Americans United for Separation of Church and State is vowing to oblige Governor Landry.

“The 10 Commandment[s] recognize slavery twice in the text. On Juneteenth, LA Gov. Landry signed a law forcing every LA public school to display the 10 Commandments. AU [American United] is gonna sue! That’s right @americansunited, @FFRF, & @ACLU will see Gov. Landry in court,” AU’s Andrew Seidel said on social media, invoking the Freedom From Religion Foundation and the American Civil Liberties Union.

Louisiana is the first state in the nation to require the bible’s laws to be posted.

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“Proponents say the purpose of the measure is not solely religious, but that it has historical significance,” the Associated Press reports. “The displays, which will be paired with a four-paragraph ‘context statement’ describing how the Ten Commandments ‘were a prominent part of American public education for almost three centuries,’ must be in place in classrooms by the start of 2025.”

As the Louisiana Attorney General, Landry signed onto a letter opposing Critical Race Theory.

“More than two dozen Republican attorneys general are voicing their disapproval over the Department of Education’s proposed priorities for teaching K-12 students about American history and civics education because they would include references to systemic racism and how the history of slavery has shaped the U.S.” the Louisiana Illuminator reported in 2021.

“The state attorneys general argue in a May 19 letter to Education Secretary Miguel Cardona that public schools should not be given grant funds to teach about critical race theory, ‘including any projects that characterize the United States as irredeemably racist or founded on principles of racism (as opposed to principles of equality) or that purport to ascribe character traits, values, privileges, status, or beliefs, or that assign fault, blame, or bias, to a particular race or to an individual because of his or her race.’ ”

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Last year Republicans in the Texas Senate passed similar legislation to the bill Gov. laundry signed, leading the Texas Lt. Governor to brag prayer was returning to public schools. The House did not vote on the bill during the session, and it failed.

Louisiana newspaper The Advocate reports, “State Rep. Dodie Horton, R-Haughton, sponsored the legislation. She argued the law is constitutional, pointing to a 2022 U.S. Supreme Court decision that upheld a public school football coach’s right to pray on the field.”

Critics have said that decision is flawed and based on false claims.

“She added that her bill is not meant to indoctrinate children, but to give them ‘guidelines,’ ” The Advocate added.

“’It doesn’t preach a certain religion, but it does teach a standard,’ she said, adding that the Ten Commandments offer a moral code that God ‘holds us accountable to live by.’

Mississippi Free Press news editor Ashton Pittman, responding to a report on Louisiana’s new Ten Commandments law remarked, “Christian nationalist theocrats doing what they do when they have power. No respect for people of other faiths.”

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‘Hidden Hand of Politics’: Law Professor Scorches SCOTUS for Slow-Walking Trump Immunity

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On December 11, 2023, Special Counsel Jack Smith asked the U.S. Supreme Court for an expedited review of ex-president Donald Trump’s claim of absolute immunity. On December 22, the Court refused, offering no explanation.

Two months later, on February 28, the Supreme Court agreed to take up the question of the ex-president’s immunity claim, to “decide whether former President Donald Trump can be tried on criminal charges that he conspired to overturn the results of the 2020 election,” as SCOTUSblog reported. The Court asked both parties to appear for oral arguments on April 25, more than four months after Special Counsel Smith’s first request.

Now, professor of law Leah Litman, who is also the host of the “Strict Scrutiny” podcast, in a New York Times op-ed on Wednesday writes: “Something’s Rotten About the Justices Taking So Long on Trump’s Immunity Case.”

“For those looking for the hidden hand of politics in what the Supreme Court does, there’s plenty of reason for suspicion on Donald Trump’s as-yet-undecided immunity case given its urgency,” Professor Litman says. “There are, of course, explanations that have nothing to do with politics for why a ruling still hasn’t been issued. But the reasons to think something is rotten at the court are impossible to ignore.”

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She notes that that timetable is “considerably more drawn out than the schedule the court established earlier this year on a challenge from Colorado after that state took Mr. Trump off its presidential primary ballot. The court agreed to hear arguments on the case a mere month after accepting it and issued its decision less than a month after the argument. Mr. Trump prevailed, 9-0.”

“Nearly two months have passed,” Litman says, since the Court hear oral arguments. “Every passing day further delays a potential trial on charges related to Mr. Trump’s efforts to remain in office after losing the 2020 election and his role in the events that led to the storming of the Capitol; indeed, at this point, even if the court rules that Mr. Trump has limited or no immunity, it is unlikely a verdict will be delivered before the election.”

The Supreme Court is a “busy place,” Litman generously offers. She ignores that the Court has been taking on fewer cases each year, which led Vox‘s Ian Millhiser last month to observe that the Supreme  Court justices are “quietly quitting their day jobs as judges, even as they become more and more political.” He calls them the “most powerful, least busy people in Washington.”

Litman calls Trump’s claims “so outlandish they shouldn’t take much time to dispatch.”

The question before thew Court is this: “Whether and if so to what extent does a former president enjoy presidential immunity from criminal prosecution for conduct alleged to involve official acts during his tenure in office.”

“It does not take weeks to explain why these arguments are wrong,” she concludes.

The Supreme Court is next expected to hand down opinions Thursday, June 20, and Friday, June 21, although it is unknown which or how many opinions it will release on those days.

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