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Trump’s Self-Pardon Could Be A Service To The Nation

For the past four years, Donald Trump has regularly flouted the Constitution, laws and basic norms of presidential behavior, and he has gotten away with it. He has acted in faithful conformity to an inviolable principle: Anything he does is fine. As he said last year, "When somebody is president of the United States, the authority is total."

His incendiary speech last week before an angry crowd of delusional disciples in Washington is only the newest example of his self-proclaimed infallibility. "People thought what I said was totally appropriate," he said Tuesday, hearing things that are audible only to him.

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Trump Administration Takes Final Stab At Destroying Civil Rights

In its final days, the Trump administration is continuing its push to gut protections for marginalized groups.

Over the course of a month, it has moved forward with four rules that would make life harder for LGBTQ people, asylum seekers, and people of color.

Its latest salvo against civil rights came from the Justice Department, according to a Wednesday report from the New York Times, which had access to a draft document of the regulation. The rule would affect discrimination based on race, color, or national origin from organizations receiving federal funding, but it could also affect other groups that face discrimination, including LGBTQ people.

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Inside Trump And Barr’s Last-Minute Killing Spree

Reprinted with permission from ProPublica

In its hurry to use its final days in power to execute federal prisoners, the administration of President Donald Trump has trampled over an array of barriers, both legal and practical, according to court records that have not been previously reported.

Officials gave public explanations for their choice of which prisoners should die that misstated key facts from the cases. They moved ahead with executions in the middle of the night. They left one prisoner strapped to the gurney while lawyers worked to remove a court order. They executed a second prisoner while an appeal was still pending, leaving the court to then dismiss the appeal as “moot" because the man was already dead. They bought drugs from a secret pharmacy that failed a quality test. They hired private executioners and paid them in cash.

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Barr Resigns After Uttering The Truth About Trump's False 'Election Fraud' Claims

Attorney General William Barr has resigned, according to a late afternoon report from CNN. In a letter to President Trump, he let the president know officially that he will step down within the coming week as the nation's chief law enforcement officer.

Barr's deputy Jeffrey A. Rosen will take over the department as acting attorney general unless and until Trump nominates a replacement for Barr.

Barr's resignation comes after weeks of tension between the Justice Department and the White House over the 2020 election – which Trump evidently expected Barr to help him win and later, in the face of defeat, collude with him in overturning.

The two men reportedly had a long and "contentious" meeting at the White House last Tuesday, and since then Barr has told associates that he was considering resignation.

Trump summoned Barr to the White House after the attorney general told the Associated Press that the Justice Department had found no evidence of widespread election fraud — an interview that infuriated Trump, who has spread false claims of "voter fraud" ever since November 3.

"To date, we have not seen fraud on a scale that could have affected a different outcome in the election," Barr told The AP , long after he authorized federal prosecutors to probe alleged "voting irregularities" in the 2020 election.

Two days later, Trump declined to say whether he had confidence in Barr.

"Ask me that in a number of weeks from now. They should be looking at all of this fraud," he said to reporters in the Oval Office.

But today Trump tweeted the news that Barr would be leaving, after "a very nice meeting" in the Oval Office, so that he can spend Christmas with his family.