Kiran Shah: The hero with a thousand faces

Thomas Page, © CNN
September 25, 2020

Standing on the deck of a sinking Titanic, Kiran Shah prepared to jump. Fifty feet below, the water waited, cold and indifferent to the moment. It was another long, challenging night, but Shah was a professional; when the call came he did not hesitate.
Cut to Paris and Shah teetering on the Archeveche bridge across the River Seine. The tide had gone out and the drop was higher and the water shallower than planned. He jumped anyway, landing on his back.

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I have always thought the actions of men the best interpreters of their thoughts.

-John Locke

Donald Trump Barely Pays Any Taxes: Will Anyone Care?

By David Remnick, © The New Yorker
September 28, 2020

Three enterprising reporters for the New York Times published a bombshell report Sunday evening on Donald Trump’s financial life, making it clear that the President of the United States is a desperate, cash-hungry grifter who paid no federal income taxes at all in ten of the fifteen years leading up to his run for office and has, in his frenzied quest to stay afloat, “propped up his sagging bottom line” by exploiting his office.

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Conservatives are not necessarily stupid, but most stupid people are conservatives.

-John Stuart Mill

The Key Takeaways From the Times’ Trump Tax-Return Investigation

By Matt Stieb and Chas Danner, © New York
September 28, 2020

On Sunday, the New York Times published a massive investigation into President Trump’s tax returns, revealing years of aggressive write-offs, tax avoidance, and staggering losses. The report comes at an inopportune time for a president facing an uphill reelection battle and a potential investigation for tax fraud by the Manhattan district attorney. It won’t be the last one, either: The Times notes that the report just “offers an overview of [their] findings; additional articles will be published in the coming weeks.”

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Our government… teaches the whole people by its example. If the government becomes the lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for law; it invites every man to become a law unto himself; it invites anarchy.

-Louis D. Brandeis

The Case for the impeachment of Attorney General Bill Barr


Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) has previously called on the United States House of Representatives to initiate a formal impeachment inquiry into Attorney General William Barr. Today, CREW outlines the contours of that inquiry, which should assess whether Attorney General Barr abused the powers of his office by engaging in a course of conduct that impaired the Special Counsel investigation of President Trump, the conduct of lawful inquiries by the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) and the purpose of that agency, and the oversight and impeachment powers of the United States House of Representatives. These actions violate DOJ’s founding principal to maintain the independence and impartiality of federal prosecutions from political intervention. The inquiry should also assess whether Barr directed federal law enforcement officers to violate the First and Fourth Amendment rights of American citizens who gathered to engage in peaceful protest outside of the White House and across the United States.

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“Fight for the things that you care about. But do it in a way that will lead others to join you.”

-Ruth Bader Ginsburg