June 11, 2022

Posted by orrinj at 6:07 PM


Pence-world's final takedown of Trump's Jan. 6 bid to remain in power revealed in his lawyer's memo (BETSY WOODRUFF SWAN and KYLE CHENEY, 06/11/2022, Politico)

A day before a mob of Donald Trump supporters smashed their way into the Capitol to disrupt the transfer of presidential power, then-Vice President Mike Pence's top lawyer dashed off a fateful memo.

In the three-page document, attorney Greg Jacob concluded that if Pence were to embrace Trump's demand that he single-handedly block or delay the counting of electoral votes on Jan. 6, he would be breaking multiple provisions of the Electoral Count Act, the law that has governed the transfer of power since 1887.

Such a move, Jacob concluded, would assuredly fail in court. Or worse, he said, the courts would refuse to get involved and leave America in an unprecedented political crisis.

In that case, he said in the memo obtained by POLITICO and published for the first time, "the Vice President would likely find himself in an isolated standoff against both houses of Congress ... with no neutral arbiter available to break the impasse."

Jacob is scheduled to testify publicly Thursday to the Jan. 6 select committee about Pence's decision to resist Trump's pressure campaign. The panel declined to comment on Jacob's memo.

The memo informed Pence's ultimate decision to rebuff pressure from Trump to reverse the outcome of the election. Pence announced his decision the next day, when he traveled to the Capitol to preside over the Jan. 6 meeting of the House and Senate. His decision, in a letter that closely tracked Jacob's memo, inflamed a crowd of thousands of Trump supporters that the president had called to Washington to protest his defeat.

Within an hour of Pence's announcement, hundreds of members of that mob would bludgeon their way past police lines and into the Capitol itself, sending the vice president and members of Congress fleeing for safety. Some members of that mob chanted, "Hang Mike Pence."

Posted by orrinj at 5:52 PM


The EU's Different Inflation Problem (Joseph Politano, 6/11/22, Apricitas Economics)

Switching gears back to aggregate demand, the Eurozone has ended up with the worst of both worlds in terms of growth and inflation. The US has stronger household balance sheets, rising incomes, and rapid real output growth coupled with inflation while the Eurozone has weaker wage and income growth coupled with equally high inflation. The wage data we have is, again, imperfectly comparable but still shows an important distinction--wages in the US are rising rapidly while wage growth has actually slowed down in the Eurozone.

Posted by orrinj at 7:34 AM


Study Shows Widening Gap in Death Rates Between Democratic, Republican U.S. States (MARTIN M. BARILLAS, 6/10/22, Newsweek)

A new study claims that counties that voted for Democratic presidential candidates from 2000 to 2016 had lower death rates than residents of counties that voted for Republicans.

Published in the British Medical Journal, the study shows that the difference in death rates between Democratic and Republican counties increased by a factor of more than six times from 2001 to 2019.

Bring in the replacements.

Posted by orrinj at 7:06 AM


After feds contact DeSantis' press secretary, she registers as foreign agent for former Soviet republic (Zac Anderson, 6/09/22, USA Today)

Last month, the DOJ sued casino mogul Steve Wynn in an attempt to compel him to register as a foreign agent. Wynn, who contributed $100,000 to DeSantis' campaign, is accused by DOJ of acting as an unregistered foreign agent for China and lobbying former President Donald Trump on the country's behalf.

Posted by orrinj at 6:58 AM


Prosecutor who charged Michigan officer praised by his critics (JOHN FLESHER and ED WHITE, 6/10/22, The Associated Press)

 Black civil rights activists in April demanded that a Michigan prosecutor stand aside in the investigation of the police officer who killed Patrick Lyoya with a shot to the back of the head, claiming he was too cozy with local law enforcement.

Chris Becker's response: This is what I was elected to do.

Becker, a Republican, filed a second-degree murder charge Thursday against Grand Rapids Officer Christopher Schurr, whose fatal shot following a traffic stop on April 4 was recorded on a bystander's phone. The announcement was praised by critics who for weeks had said that Michigan's Democratic attorney general should take over.

"I was shocked, to be quite honest. I was absolutely shocked. I didn't expect that," said Cle Jackson, president of the Greater Grand Rapids NAACP, who previously had said that an unbiased investigation by Becker's office was not possible.

"We're thankful for Chris having that fortitude to bring the charge that we feel comfortable with. Now we'll have to continue to fight in the courts," Jackson said.