#39 Quarantine Powers

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RAnt(hony)-ings

I’ve skipped several podcasts in this series. I’ve listened to them myself, but I haven’t felt the need to put them on the blog since the treas… …er, impeachment trial of Donald John Trump began and then ended. The whole thing has sort of felt meaningless in the face of the treason of the American people by the members of the Senate.

I expected the traitors to act they way they did, but that doesn’t change the shock of what they did in reality do. For once in my life the thing I expected to happen, did happen. No one was more shocked by this than I was.

However, the quarantine subject is something that is probably bothering everyone right now, so I thought it warranted advertisement.

The episodes I missed on the blog (and on Twitter) were:

  • 38 – Prosecutorial DiscretionProsecutors recommended that Roger Stone, an associate of Donald Trump, be given a heavy penalty after being convicted of seven felony counts, including lying to authorities. But after intervention from Attorney General Barr, and tweets from the President, those recommendations were rescinded. What can his case tell us about presidential interference and prosecutorial discretion?
  • 37 – War Powers and Impeachment UpdateAfter Donald Trump ordered the killing of Iranian general Qasem Soleimani, many wondered if the two countries were on the brink of a major conflict. This incident is only the latest in the long-standing fight between Congress and the President over who has the power to make war, and if an act of violence against another state can be legitimate without Congressional approval. This episode also includes an update on the Senate impeachment trial of Donald Trump, which began earlier this week.
  • BriberyBribery is one of the three offenses listed in the Constitution as grounds for impeachment. Even though that is attempting to bribe Ukraine is the act that precipitated to Trump’s impeachment, it’s not explicitly listed in the articles of impeachment. Why is that?
  • Confrontation ClauseSince the beginning of the impeachment proceedings against the President, Donald Trump has insisted he has a right to confront “the whistleblower,” the anonymous member of the intelligence community who set the whole thing in motion. There is a Confrontation Clause in the Sixth Amendment of the United States Constitution, which says a defendant in a criminal case has the right to face their accuser. But does this clause apply to the impeachment hearing against a president in Congress?
  • Foreign AffairsDonald Trump says he should not be impeached as President, since there was ‘no quid pro quo’ on a phone call where he asked the Ukrainian president to investigate a political rival, former Vice President Joe Biden. But does quid pro quo need to be explicitly stated to be a legal issue? And can private citizens like Rudy Giuliani represent America on foreign policy issues?

All of them contained information that I didn’t know about constitutional law, but none of them made me jump up and say this episode will change everything. Well, the bribery episode almost got me tweeting. Almost. The rest of them made me shrug and say I don’t see how spreading this around changes anything. So I didn’t bother. I’ll move the introduction post up to the front of the list again, eventually. Until then it will remain linked here.

What Trump Can Teach Us About Constitutional Law

For any #MAGA out there. You know who you are.

Trumpconlaw is another podcast hosted by Roman Mars of 99% Invisible fame. When the show first started, I started tweeting out my own version of promos for each episode. The series of them can be found under the tag TrumpConLaw on this blog. This post should appear as the header for that series of tweets. As a consequence of this, it will move forward in time as new episodes are released. Here is the introductory episode of the series.

StitcherIntro to What Trump Can Teach Us About Con Law – 06.07.17

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So we’re going to learn the constitution together. Because of Trump. Because I need something to hold onto, and the constitution is the liferaft that our forefathers gave us. And dammit, I’m going to learn how it works.

Roman Mars

On a tangential track (or set of tracks) I am slowly working my way through the 99% Invisible archive. Sometimes I wonder if I’ll ever make it all the way through, but hope springs eternal. 99% Invisible is undoubtedly one of the best designed websites in existence. All Roman Mars podcasts and the podcasts that are presented through his distribution group, Radiotopia, are among the few podcasts out there that are easily shareable; easily shareable because the link to the hosting website is actually referenced in the feed address for the podcast you are listening to. I remain baffled as to why more podcasts do not design their feeds to be easily accessible in this way. In any case, give some of these podcasts a listen. It will take your mind off of the impending doom looming over the US today.


TED2015 Roman Mars Why city flags may be the worst-designed thing you’ve never noticed

09/22/19. I added the link to the introduction episode, the inspirational tweet, and Roman’s quote from that episode.

#33 Obstruction

If you think #MAGA means anything other than Misguided Appallingly Gullible Americans, you are the person these tweets were written for.

StitcherObstruction EP. 33 – 09.21.19

#32 Contempt Power

If you think #MAGA means anything other than Misguided Appallingly Gullible Americans, you are the person these tweets were written for.

StitcherContempt Power EP. 32 – 05.14.19

#31 Executive Privilege

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If you think #MAGA means anything other than Misguided Appallingly Gullible Americans, you are the person these tweets were written for.

StitcherExecutive Privilege EP. 31 – 04.18.19

#30 The 25th Amendment

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If you think #MAGA means anything other than Misguided Appallingly Gullible Americans, you are the person these tweets were written for.

StitcherThe 25th Amendment EP. 30 – 12.31.18

#29 Birthright Citizenship

If you think #MAGA means anything other than Misguided Appallingly Gullible Americans, you are the person these tweets were written for.

StitcherBirthright Citizenship and the 14th Amendment EP. 29 – 12.04.18

…and he’ll pry my birthright from my cold dead hands, but not one moment before that.

#28 Dereliction of Duty

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If you think #MAGA means anything other than Misguided Appallingly Gullible Americans, you are the person these tweets were written for.

StitcherKavanaugh Special Episode EP. 28 – 10.04.18

I retitled this one, and put my own opinion into the Tweet for this episode because I have some very pointed perspectives on mean drunks, rapists and misogynists. My three labels for Brett Kavanaugh.

#27 Treason

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If you think #MAGA means anything other than Misguided Appallingly Gullible Americans, you are the person these tweets were written for.

StitcherTreason EP. 27 – 09.13.18

#26 Overturning Roe

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If you think #MAGA means anything other than Misguided Appallingly Gullible Americans, you are the person these tweets were written for.

StitcherRoe EP. 26 – 08.16.18