The Federal Court for the Eastern District of New York’s emergency stay on the Trump administration’s de facto “Muslim Ban” is being systematically ignored. It’s kind of a big deal.
Disobeying a court order “is a big deal for any government official — federal, state, local, executive, legislative, whatever,” said Abner Greene, a law professor at Fordham University. “Obedience to specific court orders is what keeps us from being a banana republic or fascist dictatorship. That’s a really big deal.”
The chaos “doesn’t just risk a constitutional crisis,” argued Michael Dorf, a professor at Cornell Law School. “Assuming the report is accurate, it creates one.” If the Trump administration believes that the court orders limiting the president’s executive order are unlawful, it can file an emergency appeal, Dorf noted. But “outright defiance,” he added, “can only be deemed disrespect for the rule of law.”
Two suspects have been arrested in the Quebec City mosque shooting that left at least six people dead.
Angela Davis makes the case for a more militant defense of vulnerable populations.
Not all of the government’s behavior has altered radically. Glenn Greenwald provides a clear-cut example.
Were this weekend’s especially unpleasant shenanigans a trial balloon for a coup? And why should you be concerned about Rosneft?
I want to highlight a story that many people haven’t noticed. On Wednesday, Reuters reported (in great detail) how 19.5% of Rosneft, Russia’s state oil company, has been sold to parties unknown. This was done through a dizzying array of shell companies, so that the most that can be said with certainty now is that the money “paying” for it was originally loaned out to the shell layers by VTB (the government’s official bank), even though it’s highly unclear who, if anyone, would be paying that loan back; and the recipients have been traced as far as some Cayman Islands shell companies.
Why is this interesting? Because the much-maligned Steele Dossier (the one with the golden showers in it) included the statement that Putin had offered Trump 19% of Rosneft if he became president and removed sanctions.
Related: the left wing needs a gun culture, and fast.
It’s tempting to write Nate Silver off after he got fascist election pie in his face, but the guy has a point.
Batten down the hatches – the new SCOTUS nominee will be announced Tuesday. Taking into account the respect the president has for the judiciary (read: none), there’s a high possibility his pick will have personal loyalty to Trump and/or help lay the legal groundwork for what comes next.
It’s Day Eleven of Year Zero in Trump’s America…