Daily Check-In 12/26/2018

Wednesday, December 26, 2018 and the Christmas Holiday.

 

THE RUSSIAN INVESTIGATION

Roberts on Sunday temporarily halted a contempt order the company is facing for resisting the subpoena, including the fines the company is accruing for defying the subpoena. Roberts’ order is public, but it provided no new details about the case. His move came after the company on Saturday requested the stay, in a filing that is noted in the court’s docket but is not available to be read publicly.

Roberts on Sunday ordered briefing on the matter due by noon on Dec. 31. It is possible those filings will be under seal.

Previously, an appellate court panel upheld the subpoena, in a vaguely worded judgement. The court revealed that the case had been brought by an unnamed company, owned by “Country A,” that had claimed that the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act made the company immune from the subpoena. The appellate court affirmed a district court’s decision that said the matter fell within an exception in the law for commercial activities.

Even during a holiday, we still get some Mueller case news.  As far as I know, this is the first time that the Supreme Court will hear a case under seal.  Of course, that’s as far as I know.

 

SHUTDOWN

As of this post, the government has been shut down for almost a week, with no end in sight.  There should be some opportunities for negotiations on Thursday and Friday, but if nothing happens by then, I wouldn’t expect it to end until after the new Congressional session starts on January 3rd.

 

TRADE WAR, HEALTH CARE, & ECONOMY

In the past week, the stock market has started to tank based off of the activity of the last year with the tariffs and the last couple weeks with Trump and Mnuchin being dumbasses at best.  Last week was especially harsh.  Personally, my tiny little portfolio dropped 10 percent IN ONE WEEK.  That’s bad.

 

COLD WAR 2.0

 

TRUMP THE RUSSIAN ASSET A.K.A INDIVIDUAL-1

I’m not going to go into the whole Santa thing.  Insulting a child for believing in Santa Claus on Christmas Eve should be a major faux pas in a regular universe, but in this timeline it’s not even the worst or stupidest thing of the week.

For the first time since becoming President, Trump visited troops in something resembling a war zone.  At first I wasn’t sure if this was real or not.  Then, I saw the stories about Trump screwing up.  That was enough proof.

That’s the kind of world we live in.

 

COHEN, NEW YORK, AND THE OTHER LAWSUITS

 

TRAITOR TOTS

Whitaker

 

FIGHTING BACK

 

RIGHT WING TERRORISM & WHITE NATIONALISM

 

IMMIGRATION

 

SCOTUS 

 

#METOO & WOMEN’S RIGHTS

 

THE PROPAGANDA MACHINE

 

STUDENT ISSUES

 

GOP: THE PARTY OF LINCOLN IS DEAD

 

CRIME AND PUNISHMENT

 

PRIESTS & RELIGION

 

ENVIRONMENT & SCIENCE

 

CONGRESS

 

ELECTIONS

 

THINKING AHEAD

 

IN OTHER NEWS…

 

PROGRESS IS PROGRESS

 

RUMOR MILL

 

That’s it for the last few days.  I stayed off of Twitter for the last couple days.  It was quite refreshing.  I plan on writing a 2018 retrospective piece in the next couple days.

We’re in the lull of the holidays, but things still happen.  Thursday’s post will include a little something about Cohen’s visit to Prague.  Looks like there’s some …. Prage-ress on that front.

The Pun Jar is now at $243.

 

Thank you, and have a good one.

 

“Without Journalists, it’s just propaganda.”

– Katy Tur

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