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In the category of: In theory, it’s not over until the last vote is counted.
Where things stand as votes continue to be counted — and recounted — in four major statewide races.
Almost a week after Election Day, four major statewide races in three states are still too close to call — and some are undergoing a recount.
In Arizona, votes are still being counted in a Senate race that’s looking increasingly favorable to Democrats; in Georgia’s governor race, Democrat Stacey Abrams is holding out hope for a recount or even a runoff; and in Florida two recounts are underway for the governor and Senate races, both of which Republicans narrowly lead.
In the category of: Political gaslighting
Whitaker’s argument that Mueller doesn’t have authority to investigate Trump’s opaque personal finances is ridiculous. Whether you think he should or not, it is indisputable that Mueller does have wide powers: He has been tasked with investigating “any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and any individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump,” and “any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation,” and then prosecuting any federal crimes he deems “necessary and appropriate.” (Incidentally, it seems pretty clear the probe could go for a decade straight and not run out of people to prosecute.)
President Trump has already almost certainly committed obstruction of justice by firing Comey (he admitted he did it to stop the investigation on TV!) but directly shutting down or meddling with the investigation itself could not possibly be anything but obstruction. It would be the subject of a criminal investigation using his political authority to slow or stop that investigation. That is obstruction of justice.
Though they will surely try, not even the Trump hacks at The Federalist could come up with a definition of impeding or obstructing “the administration of justice” that doesn’t include that. House Democrats, and the nation as a whole, better be ready to face up to this reality.
In the category of: This is how women do.
You can thank your auntie’s woke prayer circle for their hard work—or the world’s most potent calcium supplements—because Ruth Bader Ginsburg was discharged from the hospital on Friday and apparently is already back at work.
Working from home, that is, but as anyone who’s taken a WFH day knows, that definitely still counts (even if it means 300 percent more naps—whatever, you deserve).
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