It’s all coming together, fellow liberals and never-Trumpers: President Donald Trump this week said he wouldn’t have tapped Jeff Sessions as attorney general had he known that the Alabama senator was going to do the blindingly obvious right thing and recuse himself from the Russia investigation.
Demonstrating yet again his ignorance of how the rule of law works, Trump told The New York Times that Sessions was “extremely unfair – and that’s a mild word – to the president.”
And last week Donald Trump Jr. confirmed for the world that his father’s campaign was positively giddy about the prospect of colluding with Russia in 2016; also last week a pair of House Democrats introduced the first official articles of impeachment against Trump; it seems like I can hardly check Twitter without seeing a #25thAmendmentNow hashtag.
With Robert Mueller hard at work and each week seeming to bring a new twist to the Trump scandals can removal from office be far behind?
Source: The 5 Ways Donald Trump’s Presidency Ends | The Report: Opinion | US News
Minimizing “lawsuit abuse” has long been a GOP priority. But overturning the anti-forced arbitration regulation issued this week by Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, as congressional Republican leaders are reportedly rushing to do, would be a political and policy mistake.
Forced arbitration clauses waive a customer’s right to sue a company in case of a dispute. The fine-print provisions can be found nowadays in seemingly every contract we agree to, and every app we download.
Source: Why the GOP Shouldn’t Block CFPB’s Arbitration Rule | The Report: Opinion | US News
Since taking power in 2015, PiS (Law and Justice) has set about dismantling the country’s checks and balances. It has reduced the public broadcaster to a propaganda organ, packed the civil service with loyalists and purged much of the army’s leadership. It has undermined the independence of the judiciary by stacking the Constitutional Tribunal with its cronies. In response, the European Commission warned Poland’s government last year that such changes pose “a systemic risk to the rule of law.”
On July 12th PiS stepped up its effort to subjugate the legal system to politicians’ control with two new laws.
Source: Poland’s government is putting the courts under its control
Republicans on and off Capitol Hill marveled at the spectacle of Trump criticizing his own attorney general — and a politician seen as one of his closest allies.
Source: Trump attack puts Sessions in bind | TheHill
President Trump is ramping up his criticism of Robert Mueller, warning that the special counsel investigating Russian election interference would cross the line by looking into his finances.
Mueller is now reportedly doing just that — looking at transactions involving Trump’s businesses and those of his associates.
Source: Trump-Mueller tensions escalate | TheHill
Trump has asked his advisers about his power to pardon aides, family members and even himself in connection with the probe, according to one of those people. A second person said Trump’s lawyers have been discussing the president’s pardoning powers among themselves.
A conflict of interest is one of the possible grounds that can be cited by an attorney general to remove a special counsel from office under Justice Department regulations that set rules for the job.
Source: Trump team seeks to control, block Mueller’s Russia investigation – The Washington Post
The Inter net Association said in its filing with the FCC that dismantling the rules “will create significant uncertainty in the market and upset the careful balance that has led to the current virtuous circle of innovation in the broadband ecosystem.”
The rollback would harm consumers, added the group, which also represents Amazon.com (amzn, -0.72%), Microsoft (msft, -0.61%), Net flix (nflx, +0.75%), Twitter (twtr, -1.61%) and Snap.
Major inter net service providers including AT&T (t, -0.51%), Comcast (etb, -0.20%) and Charter Communications (chtr, +0.50%) urged the FCC, however, to reverse the rules enacted during former President Barack Obama’s administration, even as they vowed not to hinder inter net access.
Source: Net Neutrality: Tech Firms Clash With ISPs Over FCC Rules | Fortune.com
Lighting is an integral part of our world’s cities, both in our streets and offices as well as in our homes and leisure spaces. Today, lighting accounts for 15% of the world’s electricity consumption. With the introduction of more efficient LED lighting, its share of power consumption could fall to just eight percent.
The use of LED, also allows us to create connected lighting and digital networks to help capture data-driven insights from our cities to make them more livable and sustainable.
Today, there are approximately 300 million streetlights across the world. However, only one in ten are high-efficiency LEDs, and just 2% are connected.
Combining high-efficiency lighting with connectivity and smart sensors can deliver energy savings of up to 80% – and provide a significant positive impact on our global climate change targets.
Source: The strategic role connected lighting is playing in smart cities
Since the beginning of Greece’s economic crisis in 2009, Germany has earned 1.3 billion euros as a result of its loans to Athens and its debt buying programs, according to Euractiv.
Euro zone members initially agreed to hand any interest back to the Greek central bank as a point of EU solidarity. However, when the second bailout program started in 2015, the pay-back operation was halted.
The interest was not mentioned in the German federal budget that year, and therefore the interest was never paid back to Athens, Euractiv says.
Source: Germany Earned €1.3Bln From Greek Debt Crisis | GreekReporter.com
They say Trump’s low approval ratings, his lack of legislative accomplishments and the lingering controversy surrounding multiple investigations into Russia’s involvement in the 2016 race have a number of Democrats positioning themselves for a White House run.
“So long as Trump is hanging around [with approval ratings] in the 40s, potential challengers will be attracted like moths to a flame,” said David Wade, a Democratic strategist who served as a top aide to former Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) in his 2004 presidential run.
Another factor? The lack of a whale candidate who might scare off other rivals.
Source: Dems see huge field emerging to take on Trump | TheHill