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Comment Re:Not Surprising (Score 1) 253

Trump called on Russia to release illegally obtained information on Clinton during his campaign. Trump's policies are definitely pro-Russian. There's a few other things. It isn't all that much in the way of evidence, but it's not like Trump's providing us with enough information to figure it out. It's at least a reasonable line of investigation.

Comment Re:Not Surprising (Score 1) 253

The forming Soviet Union attacked Poland, and Poland fought back. The USSR-Polish border was basically where the fighting stopped, after the Red Army got to the gates of Warsaw and was dramatically repulsed. That war wasn't Poland's idea.

I think Polish diplomacy in the 1930s was stupid and partly evil, but they did not have what happened to them in WWII coming. Do you realize what happened to Poland?

Comment Re:Down with Putin - Down with Trump (Score 1) 253

There were a whole lot of lies going on about Clinton and Trump both. Some days it seemed that a quarter of's front page stories were debunking things said about Clinton and another quarter debunking things said about Trump.

The difference was that nobody seemed to care about Trump's lies or anything negative said about Trump.

Comment Re: Trump is worse (Score 1) 253

They've been saying foreigners staying at a Trump hotel are giving him emoluments, when no, that is a fee for service.

Read the clause. It says the President may not accept emoluments from foreign governments, not individual foreigners. Plantation-owning Presidents were fine provided they sold their produce to individuals rather than governments (there's another emoluments clause in Article Two that forbids the President from accepting emoluments from governments in the US).

Personally, I expect Trump to be violating those clauses early and often. Unfortunately, the only way to call him on it appears to be impeachment, which is necessarily a political rather than a judicial process. The result will be that Trump can be impeached, convicted, and removed from office whenever a majority of the House and two-thirds of the Senate want to.

Comment Re:Two parties are here to stay (Score 1) 253

The problem is not the parties. They're a result of the sort of elections the US runs, and the method of choosing the candidates doesn't really matter. The problem is the plurality system. One way to encourage third parties would be ranked-choice voting, and another would be to provide proportional party representation. It looks to me like this could be done by states: instead of congressional districts, have parties in the state submit slates, have people vote for parties, and assign seats accordingly. (The Constitution requires that representatives are to be selected as the state legislature determines.) I'd like to see third-party votes become more meaningful.

Comment Re:Wholly Delusion Batman! (Score 1) 253

Clinton's email server was perfectly legal. Approximately nobody cares what Clinton or anyone attributed the attack to, and the video was involved in other unrest. The attack may have used the unrest as a cover; I'm not all that familiar with the details. People believed that Clinton was more directly behind the killings, which wasn't true.

It looks to me like Clinton lost to the Republicans, the Russians, and the FBI together. I consider that subversion of our democracy.

Comment Re:Down with Putin - Down with Trump (Score 1) 253

Please name one person who was prosecuted for accidental classified leakage (and I'm not counting the guy who agreed to plead guilty to a misdemeanor but didn't have to in the end, since he wasn't actually prosecuted). I haven't found one. Every time someone has given me a name or enough information to identify the person, either they deliberately mishandled classified material or they were not prosecuted. Comey was correct: people who did what Clinton did are not criminally prosecuted, and it would have been a deliberate political act to make her the first.

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