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Post-Sunday dinner reading: a feature on @SenatorRomney by @mckaycoppins: https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2019/10/mitt-romney-middle-impeachment-fight/600373/ Dessert: How Feinberg found @MittRomney’s alter-ego, “Pierre Delecto” (@qaws9876). Unlike Justice Breyer, he left a traceable social network with public follows of his family members https://twitter.com/ashleyfeinberg/status/1186050468499333120
As it should be. Ruling affects 17 people directly, but it’s the right precedent & principle: no one should be denied the exercise of their most basic democratic right because they owe a state money. Please register & vote, folks: http://vote.org https://twitter.com/washingtonpost/status/1185947054385836036
Don’t despair or give up. Millions of soldiers, civil servants, watchdogs, journalists, legislative staffers, judges, clerks, & librarians remain committed to upholding the Constitution, protecting & informing us, & making our government work, honorably. We see you. Keep pushing.
RT @AriMelber: What is the clearest Constitutional case for impeaching Trump? He sought a bribe from Ukraine. No one can deny that "bribe…
You know who’s doing a great job of pulling together impeachment news in a clear, concise, & smart way? @dansinker. Subscribe here: https://www.impeachment.fyi/signup @matt_Kiser’s @WTFJHT has been welcome in my inbox for 1002 days & counting: https://whatthefuckjusthappenedtoday.com/
RT @brendanNyhan: This is exactly what the normalization of corruption looks like - a foreign ambassador openly stating that holding an eve…
To what extent is “anti-Trump bias” a demonstrated opposition to illiberalism? Xenophobia? Corruption? Racism? Misogyny? Lying? Fraud? In theory, @TheJusticeDept staff should be “biased” against it all — as well as foreign states seeking to compromise candidates or officials. https://twitter.com/peterbakernyt/status/1185950448693456896
This story was above the fold on A1 of the @nytimes. (FB != Web) The news @potus wouldn’t host the G7 at his private business didn’t make this front page at all. Nothing on @whitehouse chief of staff’s admission of abuse of power, or impeachment. I bought a @washingtonpost.
The @whitehouse retweeted the error & lie on the official @potus account after leaving it up for an hour. The mistake is relatively trivial — unlike lying to public about bring soldiers home. Both have been unthinkable in the past. Maladministration would be dire in an emergency.
1) @DeptofDefense Secretary Esper, not Esperanto. Trump lied: @EsperDoD said troops heading to Iraq, not “home”: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/u-s-troops-leaving-syria-western-iraq-defense-secretary-esper-n1069086 2) Trump sent 1800 other troops to Saudi Arabia - not home - which he said is “paying us” https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/us-to-send-additional-troops-to-saudi-arabia-to-boost-defenses-against-iran/2019/10/11/7b8c8de6-ec42-11e9-9c6d-436a0df4f31d_story.html Maybe that “secured the Oil.”
To maintain public trust, public servants need to avoid even the appearance of corruption. Trump’s emolumental violation of the Constitution has been increasingly brazen from January 2017 onwards, enabled by a complicit GOP. They ignored ethics watchdogs: https://sunlightfoundation.com/2017/02/02/what-we-told-congress-about-oversight-ethics-and-open-government https://twitter.com/nancook/status/1185911953908289536
These are worth considering. I’d add one: spending your attention wisely is good advice. Be at least as careful about how & where you direct the attention of others. Verify before you share & amplify: https://defusingdis.info/2019/01/23/how-use-social-media-responsibly-in-an-age-of-disinformation/ https://twitter.com/carljackmiller/status/1185881602712322048
Over the past decade, @facebook @Twitter @Google created dual castes of @verified celebrities, politicians, & media (vs everyone else) while lobbying against campaign finance reforms that would have regulated them. They self-regulate & unevenly enforce policies. Their code is law https://twitter.com/axios/status/1185902656621035520
In 2008 & 2012, the Obama campaign used texts & websites, building data collection & analytics platforms for advantage: https://www.technologyreview.com/s/611823/us-election-campaign-technology-from-2008-to-2018-and-beyond/ In 2016 & 2020, the Trump campaign is using social media platforms to target ads: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/20/us/elections/trump-campaign-ads-democrats.html Which is how @facebook works
“The decision — while it lasted — was an unprecedented one in modern American politics: The @potus awarded a huge contract to himself” https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-announces-that-his-doral-golf-resort-in-miami-will-no-longer-host-next-years-g-7-summit-after-criticism/2019/10/19/857361d0-f2dd-11e9-8693-f487e46784aa_story.html Indefensible corruption. And it continues.
The Doral of this story is…that Trump should have been asked what his plan was to divest in the primaries & during the debates. He never intended to do so, nor has ever shown any awareness of emolumental corruption or how it undermines public trust & US foreign policy since
This @potus blinked, bowing to criticism of him breaking the law, violating the Constitution, & engaging in brazen corruption, & announced the @G7 would not be at his private business https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-announces-that-his-doral-golf-resort-in-miami-will-no-longer-host-next-yea rs-g-7-summit-after-criticism/2019/10/19/857361d0-f2dd-11e9-8693-f487e46784aa_story.html Trump is still taking emoluments daily, encouraging “stay to sway” acts.
RT @ericuman: So in pursuit of a plot to hurt his opponents, the prez handed over foreign policy to a private citizen who is literally bein…
RT @RSF_inter: @RSF_inter conveys its deepest solidarity to #CPJ's @StevenBButler, who was denied entry into #Pakistan despite having a val…
RT @pressfreedom: #Pakistan denies entry to CPJ's @StevenBButler, forces him to return to US https://cpj.org/2019/10/pakistan-denies-entry-cpj-steven-butler.php
RT @salmanmasood: Pakistan Denies Entry to Director of a Journalism Watchdog https://nyti.ms/2J3J3Ce
RT @DuckDuckGo: If you've installed apps on your phone, it's likely some of them contain a software development kit (SDK) which "can turn a…
RT @waltshaub: If the Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch don't bar employees like Mulvaney and others from…
RT @waltshaub: If the Procurement Integrity Act does not prohibit the president from obtaining confidential site selection information -- a…
RT @waltshaub: If procurement laws don't bar a contract award to Trump, who pushed the government to make the award to him and participated…
RT @waltshaub: The Domestic Emoluments Clause prohibits Trump from receiving payments through his business for the G7 summit. There's no de…
Rule that does apply to everyone: “no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State” https://twitter.com/digiphile/status/1172143975823761410?s=21 https://twitter.com/adamgoldmannyt/status/1185526358669254657
RT @_KarenHao: IT'S HERE!!! The biggest story I’ve ever worked on. @techreview's very first interactive ever, which walks through a concret…
RT @waltshaub: I hope this is clear enough. If it's not, I'll keep trying. The government awarding the G7 contract to Trump is not more o…
RT @hvogell: Lots of folks are trying to get their hands on Trump’s tax returns. His personal returns are still secret, but I found a work…
My friend & @GFSchool classmate Michael died in 2017, leaving us far too soon. He was one of the kindest, most talented people I’ve ever known. I’m grateful that his music lives on, given this lift: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/16/theater/michael-friedman-albums.html But I cannot help but mourn the songs he’ll never write.
“While in commercial settings the @FTC can police misleading advertising, in the political context, courts have been more reticent to uphold prohibitions on false advertising”- @ybenkler https://defusingdis.info/2019/01/17/how-transparency-can-help-defuse-disinformation-from-botnets-sockpuppets-and-online-trolls/ Defamation law offers a recourse, but election law doesn’t ban lying. https://twitter.com/natesilver538/status/1185159756757065730
RT @BerinSzoka: This false statement of fact IS, in fact, protected by the First Amendment https://twitter.com/NateSilver538/status/1185159756757065730
RT @jeneps: State Department probe of Clinton emails finds no deliberate mishandling of classified information https://wapo.st/31sjUY7
I disagree. Trump’s refusal to disclose his taxes & divest “raised serious questions.” Years of taking emoluments & now having @whitehouse choose Trump Doral has answered them: this is a corrupt @potus who unethically monetized presidency & abused official power for private gain https://twitter.com/thetrevorpotter/status/1185275899748466688
RT @SAmeyJD: Supreme Court agrees to hear case challenging independence of @CFPB, which could have ramifications for other independent agen…
RT @Yamiche: Confirmed: The House is looking at holding a vote on a resolution to condemn President Trump's decision to hold the G7 next ye…
Official US (@whitehouse @StateDept @WHNSC) policy “was superseded by a shadow policy directed by the @POTUS through @RudyGiuliani & his cronies to advance his partisan interest over the national interest.”-@malinowski https://www.newyorker.com/news/letter-from-trumps-washington/forget-trumps-meltdownfollow-the-testimony AKA,” high crimes & misdemeanors.”
RT @bethnoveck: Targeted at disadvantaged populations, NJ's D4AD project will build an interactive website containing smart disclosure tool…
RT @jonathanstray: Ok, a THREAD about doing journalism for a polarized, suspicious public. Suppose you want to be read and trusted across…
“No Trump foreign policy move, however, has redounded so directly to Russia’s benefit as the Syrian pullout, with the Kurdish forces striking a deal with Russia.” https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/pelosi-recalls-clash-with-trump-says-she-was-probably-telling-him-that-all-roads-lead-to-putin/2019/10/17/fdbde8d2-f0f2-11e9-8693-f487e46784aa_story.html What led to the US retreating precipitously, ceding zone to Turkey? https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2019/10/17/mitt-romney-raises-very-troubling-theory-about-trump-turkey/ https://twitter.com/jakesnyt/status/1185006315828940800
RT @waltshaub: Hi. There is no level of corruption greater than a President participating in the award of a contract to himself. We have re…
Yep. The Trump @WhiteHouse choosing to host G7 at @TrumpDoral isn't the appearance of corruption. It's not a potential conflict of interest. It's a violation of the Constitution. It's brazen corruption: https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2019/10/18/trump-was-already-violating-emoluments-clause-grabbing-g-is-even-worse/ It's an abuse of power. Congress should not allow it. https://twitter.com/svdate/status/1185030630121324549
 
The @SenateGOP & public doesn't need the nation's top ethics watchdogs & experts to know that the @POTUS awarding his own business a massive contract that he profits from it is corrupt. World leaders know it, too. This bogosity undermines @StateDept @USAID anti-corruption work.
Dear @APA_Style, Please revisit this decision. The only shortURL you should consider accepting is https://perma.cc/ – & even that may be problematic. You should require a full hyperlink (URL) + when it was accessed for citations. https://twitter.com/john_overholt/status/1185159647352758273
RT @jodieginsberg: Dear @facebook - by reducing transparency, you are harming freedom of expression, not championing it. (And for anyone in…
RT @john_overholt: This is a terrible decision. Shortened URLs are the opposite of citation—by obfuscating any information about the intend…
I do not think it was the intent of Congress for federal agencies to make CIOs also chief data officers: https://www.fedscoop.com/cdos-data-role-undermined/ I know it was NOT the intent of folks who wrote the #OpenGov Data Act, or defended it to Congress, like me. cc @brianschatz @RepDerekKilmer @BenSasse https://twitter.com/digiphile/status/1138169324684926976
Reminder: @facebook claims to Congress & journalists that they’re complying with the Honest Ads Act, but as long as they don’t disclose targeting data, they aren’t. https://e-pluribusunum.org/2019/09/18/snapchats-political-ad-disclosure-once-again-shows-the-limits-of-self-regulation/ Also: @NYgov passed a version of the bill. Is FB breaking the law there? https://twitter.com/craigsilverman/status/1185178494646575104
 
Also: Contrary to @finkd's proclamations about "free speech" & saying we have to accept lies in ads, @facebook has rejected dozens of political ads for violating policies on profanity or fake buttons: https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/ryanmac/facebook-warren-biden-trump-ads-take-down-profanity Accepting $ to amplify lies is a choice, not a mandate.
 
 
 
 
 
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