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I’m on the prowl It has been quite a twenty four hours in our World as President Trump revoked the security clearance of the Former Director of the CIA, John Brennan.  The letter was dated July 26!!

What Professor Turley noted in his latest write up captures some of the key challenges out there–and yes I am with him that Executive Privilege will ultimately prevail–but the challenge is that this is not Iran and America will be ill-served by Yes-Men —Stephen Colbert also captured it brilliantly as well especially as there was clearly an attempt to change the conversation after a few days of bad press thanks to Omarosa.

Here are his thoughts on it:

“…In a controversial  move, President Donald Trump has revoked the security clearance of former CIA director John Brennan and ordered the review of other officials who all share one obvious distinguishing characteristic: they are all fierce critics of Trump. The move has been widely condemned as Nixonian and amounting to a black or enemies […]

via Trump Revokes Clearance Of John Brennan and Orders Review Of Other Former Officials — JONATHAN TURLEY



As I work away, I picked this up courtesy of the team at Muftah as I congratulate them on the work they’re doing and having introduced “Membership”.    This is from Iran about a new Museum dedicated to the Iran-Iraq War–I respectfully disgree with the author’s contention about it being a “footnote” as half a million Dead is never a footnote–here is the beginning for it

“….Iran has learned vital lessons from the brutal Iran-Iraq War. But has the US, which backed Iraq then and is now determined to promote regime change in Iran?….”

Source: Iran’s Own Never Forget, Never Again Mantra

It has been quite a week in our World–and that’s putting it mildly–and at the Daily Outsider we’ve been “Virtually breathless”.      Of course, having a tape of @realDonaldTrump was the “icing” on the cake–I’ll let what Fox is so keen to call it “MainStream Media” run with it–as the rest of the so-called Resistance will continue down its’ efforts–why Donald Trump called for a second summit after the disastrous first summit is something that is just baffling to me–although the Secretary of State seems to support it.

One of the key other areas is Iran which I have been assessing throughout the week–I have tried to be optimistic as I see increased protests throughout the Country and have been noting how #WeWillReClaimIran.    The Secretary of State is due to speak in Simi Valley over the Week-End–I sent out a few Tweets tagging the Secretary of State which I hope is picked up by his staff.     This is as another dilemma continues to emerge about the true realities that seems    One of the most profound dilemmas as a result of the dysfunction in Washington is how China and Europe are coming Together as this from the Economist clearly shows:

Even as Donald Trump met Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, another important gathering was under way in Beijing, where Chinese and EU leaders gathered for an annual summit. China has long regarded the American-led rules-based order as a means to contain its rise. Yet this week President Xi Jinping and his team agreed, in effect, that the one thing worse than an American led world is one with no rules at all. It is now finding common ground with the EU

It has been a challenging week to say the least.   For this week, while being “On the Prowl”, I decided to feature this courtesy of Professor Turley–It was so appropriate in light of President Trump’s horrific European Tour, his disastrous press conference with Vladimir Putin and his abysmal attempt to “clean it all up”:  

As many of you know, I am a history nut and I could not ignore the 100th anniversary of the murder of the entire Romanov family on July 17, 1918. It is an ironic anniversary after the disastrous meeting of President Donald Trump in Helsinki with Russian President Vladimir Putin. There are perils to trusting […]

via A Bad Week For Trusting Russian Leaders — JONATHAN TURLEY

As the new week dawns, I picked this up courtesy of Success Magazine which is a nice way to help begin a reasonably “quiet” week” :

Source: You’re Killing It! 15 Quotes for an Unstoppable Attitude

It is another day in the reality TV show that is the Trump Presidency.   President Trump has announced his pick–someone who has argued for nearly unchecked Executive Power, has been against Abortion and has also written against the Affordable Care Act.  Corey Robin’s beautiful historical analogy was worth noting which I hereby note while being “out & about” in my “WordPress Corner”…

Profound challenging times indeed….

During the Roosevelt Administration, they were known as the Four Horsemen (of the Apocalypse). They were Justices Butler, McReynolds, Sutherland, and Van Devanter. They voted, again and again, against the New Deal. This is what they looked like. Tonight, with Trump’s choice of Brett Kavanaugh, we have the Five Horsemen. They are Chief Justice Roberts…

via The Five Horsemen of the Apocalypse — Corey Robin

It has been quite a week–and that’s putting it mildly as I was knee-deep in supporting the Work of the Daily Outsider & Other Projects.   It is bound to be quite a summer as well.

There has been a frenzy of analysis over the retirement of Justice Kennedy–and for the record, his record is almost 90% conservative–and yes he’s the least of the Reagan Appointees.    There are a lot of political give-and-takes as all sides gear up.     The retiring Justice himself noted it as such:  The Cases “Turn”…I don’t!!

Professor Turley was busy like many other pundits reflecting upon this as he noted this about embracing the ideals–something that Justice Kennedy himself noted in the closing concurring opinion upholding the Travel Ban.    I am with Professor Turley that the disgraceful Korematsu decision was finally relegated to the dustbin of history–but the travel ban though is in and of itself another legacy that the Court may have to contend with especially as it continues to tilt towards the Right both at the Supreme Court and as the President continues busily filling judgeships–interesting times indeed as June 2018 drifts away and July is before us.

Wishing all in the US a safe & happy 4th as I leave you all w/this from Professor Turley….

–For decades, law professors have discussed the 1944 decision in Korematsu v. United States as one of the most disgraceful and indefensible opinions ever issued by the United States Supreme Court. Yet, the Court has continued to cite Korematsu and has never expressly disavowed its denial of basic constitutional rights to Japanese Americans. In a virtual […]

via The Long Overdue Death of Korematsu v. United States — JONATHAN TURLEY

Want to Be Successful? Do These 7 Things in Your Spare TimeOn this final week of June, please enjoy this simple advise…Onward to July!!!

Source: Want to Be Successful? Do These 7 Things in Your Spare Time

Megacities Shortdocs

For this week in my “WordPress Corner” I thought I’d do something a tad different I ran across this courtsey of the team  IJNet for all who live in  megacities–the folks at @MegaCities ShortDocs  are looking for a 4 Minute presentation–the winner will get a trip to Prize and a reasonable stipend to enjoy Paris…

Here is the “opening” by IJNet

Professional and amateur documentarians who live in one of 38 megacities around the world are invited to submit a 4-minute video on urban challenges and solutions.

Source: Megacities Shortdocs accepting entries [Worldwide]

Charles-Krauthammer-interviewIt has been quite a weekend as Donald Trump has continued his wrecking of the World Order culminating in attacking long-standing US Allies.     This is why I join many in lamenting this very sad news as Charles Krauthammer has said that he has a few weeks to live.    Despite my profound disagreements with him over the years, he had the courage to stand up to Donald Trump.   He’s in my Thoughts & Prayers as I am proud to call him one of the courageous conservatives I have worked to honor including Max Boot, Charlie Sykes & a Few Others.    I also appreciate Professor Turley’s thoughtful tribute to him that I have the pleasure to share for my weekly notation

This week, the political and journalistic world was rocked by the news that columnist Charles Krauthammer had only weeks to live. The news came from Charles himself in a characteristically elegant and simple goodbye. I have been personally devastated by the news. I have known Charles for many years and there are few people who […]

via Charles Krauthammer Says A Final Goodbye — JONATHAN TURLEY