Why Trump’s Executive Privilege Claim for January 6 Can’t Hold Up in Court

Chris Truax on why these narrowly defined privileges always have exceptions.

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The Frozen Conflict of Transnistria.

There are a few places on earth that are sort of quasi-states, unrecognized by virtually any other country, but still, they exist as if they’re a country. And no, not those weird libertarians who come up with their own countries.

You’ve probably heard of a few of them: Crimea, Donetsk, South Ossetia. But Transnistria? Never heard of it.

Transnistria is a thin area on the border of Moldova and Ukraine, perhaps a last vestige of the Soviet Union. The guys at Yes Theory spent a few days there and it is a fascinating place. Check it out.

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Why Trump’s Executive Privilege Claim for January 6 Can’t Hold Up in Court

CHRIS TRUAX: Privileges are are always narrowly defined and hedged with exceptions.

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Yikes.

Listen to the audio.

Punching down… Way down…

Read the whole thread. The 3rd ranking Republican in the House is asking her fans to drag some random person with very few followers.

The worst person you know… Has been found. And he doesn’t care that he’s an internet meme. In fact, he just wants to be left alone.

Captain Kirk in space. It’s amazing to see.

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