“As I said from the beginning, if there’s one friend you want in the United States Senate right now, it’s Mitch McConnell,” Spicer said. “He understands the process, the tactics, the strategy better than anybody else. He doesn’t put up with it. He’s not out there trying to get headlines or get his face in the paper like Schiff and Pelosi and Nadler do. He’s a behind-the-scenes tactician. He has Trump’s back right now, and he wants to make sure we win this election results-based. He wants to talk about the economy, what we’ve done for veterans, our national security. McConnell understands politics is about how people feel and whether they know things are better in this country for themselves, their families, their businesses, and the country overall. Right now, the more he can contrast that with the Democrats’ only agenda being on point of attack and investigation and impeachment, the better it bodes for him as he faces … [Read more...] about Exclusive — Sean Spicer on Senate ‘Kill Switch’ in Impeachment Trial Rules: ‘I Think It’s Brilliant’
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MATTHEW CONTINETTI, EDITOR IN CHIEF, "WASHINGTON FREE BEACON": The process counted for lot in the House, but substance also did too. And when you look at some of the speeches of critical Republicans like Will Hurd say, who voted against the articles, they said what Trump did did not amount to an impeachable offense. So I think you're going to find similar arguments made by even some of the senators that you just showed on the screen. What strikes me, Bret, is how unserious Nancy Pelosi has been. The trial will start a month after the vote to impeach Donald Trump. If it was really as urgent as they were telling us for months, they would've gotten this process underway immediately. They didn't because they were waiting for some bombshell. What broke tonight was not it. And instead I think it has blown up in Pelosi's face. … [Read more...] about House Intel Committee releases Lev Parnas documents ahead of impeachment trial in Senate
People have moments like that under normal conditions, of course. Sigmund Freud wrote a famous essay about them way back in 1929, Civilization and Its Discontents. A few unsettled souls will always quit that bank job and sail to Tahiti, and the stoic middle will always suck it up. But Jacobi couldn’t accept those options. Staggered by the shock of his Kaczynski Moment but intent on rising to the challenge, he began corresponding with the great man himself, hitchhiked the 644 miles from Chapel Hill to Ann Arbor to read the Kaczynski archives, tracked down his followers all around the world, and collected an impressive (and potentially incriminating) cache of material on ITS along the way. He even published essays about them in an alarmingly terror-friendly print journal named Atassa. But his biggest influence was a mysterious Spanish radical theorist known only by the pseudonym he used to translate Kaczynski’s manifesto into Spanish, Último Reducto. Recommended by … [Read more...] about Children of Ted
There is one grain of unpredictability in Related’s grand oyster, one hope for humanism at Hudson Yards: the Shed, a lavishly funded but endearingly weird headquarters of interdisciplinary art. When the city zoned the site, it held back one spot on the platform for a cultural building to be placed right on 30th Street, where the High Line jogs out toward the Hudson. Bloomberg wanted a new organization that would add to the cultural life of the city, not just move it around. The architects Elizabeth Diller and David Rockwell, leaders of separate firms, came up with both the idea for the institution and the building’s design. A packed stack of galleries, theaters, and performance spaces slips into the base of a residential high-rise, making efficient use of all those unsaleable lower floors. It’s not an easeful relationship. At the tower’s base a great steel mouth gapes, as if to swallow (or regurgitate) the icy cube of the Shed. A puffy, quilted sheath slides … [Read more...] about I Have a Feeling We’re Not in New York Anymore
King: Yes—morally, if not legally. For there are two kinds of laws: man’s and God’s. A man-made code that squares with the moral law, or the law of God, is a just law. But a man-made code that is inharmonious with the moral law is an unjust law. And an unjust law, as Saint Augustine said, is no law at all. Thus, a law that is unjust is morally null and void, and must be defied until it is legally null and void as well. Let us not forget, in the memories of 6,000,000 who died, that everything Adolf Hitler did in Germany was “legal,” and that everything the Freedom Fighters in Hungary did was “illegal.” In spite of that, I am sure that I would have aided and comforted my Jewish brothers if I had lived in Germany during Hitler’s reign, as some Christian priests and ministers did do, often at the cost of their lives. And if I lived now in a Communist country where principles dear to the Christian’s faith are suppressed, I know that I … [Read more...] about Alex Haley’s 1965 Playboy Interview with Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.