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What’s the evidence for obstruction of justice?

What does one do when accused of a crime? Guilty or innocent, one denies it. A modern version of that is to say it’s “fake news.” So, when President Donald Trump denies the “Russia connection,” and calls the media coverage of the alleged coverup “fake news,” it doesn’t necessarily prove anything, one way or the other.

The Russia connection: Question of violation of U.S. law

There is much confusion in the mainstream media and on talk shows between the political concept of “impeachable offense” and the legal definition of “criminal offense” in U.S. jurisprudence. How do these two terms apply to the “Russia connection,” if at all? Also, to add to the confusion, a sitting president can be turned out of active office for “inability” to carry out the duties of the office, although technically that “inability” is not impeachable and is not itself a crime.

The powers and vulnerabilities of the U.S. president

Let’s be clear about the constitutional powers, immunities and vulnerabilities of the U.S. president. Questions: Can the president fire anyone in the executive branch at any time and for any reason he may choose? Can a president be sued or indicted while in office? Can a president obstruct justice with impunity? Or conspire with a foreign enemy? Can a president pardon anyone for anything ­— including himself?

‘Little people’ will pay for Trump tax plan

Multimillionaire businesswoman Leona Helmsley was famously quoted as saying: “We don’t pay taxes; only the little people pay taxes.”

A number of recent research studies on tax patterns in the U.S. suggest that Ms. Helmsley was all too right. Also, as presidential candidate Donald Trump explained: “If I don’t pay taxes, it’s because I’m smart.”

Gun safety legislation: It’s now or never

On Sunday night, Oct. 1, 2017, American citizens faced once again another horrific mass shooting, this time at a musical event in Las Vegas, and the worst in U.S. history.

While the great majority of American citizens reacted in shock and pleaded for new thinking and action to control gun violence, reactionary forces in Congress and in the White House proclaimed it “too early” and “too political” to start discussing gun control policy at this time of tragedy. 

How to pay for your monumental tower

Suppose, hypothetically, you decided to build a monument to yourself, such as a multi-story steel and glass tower in the middle of Manhattan, costing a few hundred million dollars. How would you pay for it?

Well, if you happened to have the cash lying around, that would be a solution, but would it be the “smartest” solution? 

Harvesting vs. use of aquatic herbicides for weed control in Connecticut lakes

According to sources in the Hartford Courant and Republican-American newspapers, a number of Connecticut towns, including Winsted and Winchester, have turned to increased use of aquatic herbicides to control milfoil and other nuisance waterweeds in Connecticut ponds, lakes and even reservoirs for public water supply.

Truth, democracy in the age of Trump

The election of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States has brought to the fore a national debate on the relationship between truth and democracy in American politics. 

It would seem obvious, almost beyond debate, that Abraham Lincoln’s “government of the people, by the people and for the people” requires a reasonably educated citizenry,  informed of actual facts. These may include basic, truthful facts about democratic government, current events, history, science, economic and social reality, law and politics. 

Impeachment and criminal prosecution

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Secret meetings and back-channeling of secret, encrypted communications, designed to be hidden from our own U.S. national security and intelligence services, would hardly make the President’s situation any better. If treason is proven to be the case, then the solution is clear: “Lock him up.”

Impeachment and criminal prosecution

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With all the smoke, fire and mirrors surrounding alleged connections and secret communications between the Trump administration and Russia, it may be useful to summarize the rules, similarities and differences between impeachment of a U.S. president and criminal prosecution while in office.

It is well known that a serving U.S. president can be removed from office only by “impeachment for and conviction of treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors” (U.S. Constitution, Article II).