Bill Blum: Perhaps the most loathsome of all of Trump’s lies was his oft-repeated claim that test kits for the virus were widely available to anyone who desired one.
Jeffrey Sterling: The court in Virginia where Assange would be tried is the same court that prevented me from suing the Central Intelligence Agency for employment discrimination, on grounds that it would pose a threat to the national security of the United States.
Thom Hartmann: On its surface, the question seems silly—nobody who has lost both the popular vote and an uncontested Electoral College vote has ever gone on to become president, right?
Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers: Manning has once again shown courageous political leadership, standing up to an abusive criminal justice system and exposing the corrupt grand jury process that has often been used for political purposes.
This past February 10th, George Gascon and Rachel Rossi faced each other to make their case to succeed current Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey, who declined the opportunity to meet with voters despite repeated invitations.
Bill Blum: The sad truth is that Trump and Barr are as simpatico as ever in pursuit of their jointly held goal of executive supremacy. The differences between the two men are largely a matter of demeanor, vocabulary, and erudition.
Phillip Smith: Getting marijuana reforms, whether it’s medical marijuana or adult legalization, through state legislatures is a tough, grinding slog, and the position of the governor can make or break a bill.
Marjorie Cohn: The Trump administration singled out Assange to send a clear message to journalists that they publish material critical of U.S. policy at their peril.
Glen Ford: In a racist society, it is the ferocity of the state’s pursuit and prosecution of dissidents that is the best measure of their contribution to the struggle against oppression.
Mel Gurtov: Bill Barr, besieged by criticism of his department’s handling of Roger Stone’s sentencing, wanted to promote the pretense of his independence from Trump’s influence. I won’t be “bullied,” Barr proclaimed.
On February 9, at UCLA Law School, the LA Committee for the Defense of Julian Assange presented “The Prosecution of Julian Assange and the Threat to the Freedom of the Press,” a three-hour program examining the major political, legal and constitutional issues surrounding the Assange prosecution
Sikivu Hutchinson: Faced with two strong challengers, Lacey has scrambled to paint herself as a criminal justice reformer while presiding over a ballooning police state bureaucracy and the mass incarceration of the mentally ill.
Bill Blum: The frequent references to Hamilton were not surprising. Hamilton was one of the primary framers of the Constitution. And among the framers, he was the most prolific writer on the topic of impeachment.