Could Democrats really block President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominations if they wanted to? If they were willing to do whatever it takes?The answer, Congress scholar Greg Koger sets out in a very detailed and nicely nuanced item, is a flat-out “no.” They cannot. But reading through the piece actually made me a little more sympathetic toward those who believe Democratic senators can. There are very few people on Earth who actually know the answer to this one. Koger is an academic who has written a (terrific) book on filibusters. There are other plenty of other Congress scholars, but many of them focus on other aspects of the institution, not Senate floor rules and the politics of confirmations. Senators themselves often rely on staff for knowledge of relevant Senate rules, but most staffers in my experience don’t really know the rules that well. The same with lobbyists and activists. One does need a working knowledge of basic … [Read more...] about The Rules of the Game and the Limits of Knowledge
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — ANZ Guam Inc., the parent company of ANZ Amerika Samoa Bank in Pago Pago, has asked a federal judge to, among other things, dismiss a complaint filed by three American Samoa residents, who allege the bank violated federal laws. ANZ is also asking the federal court in Guam, to deny or to strike the plaintiffs' request to allow the case to “proceed as a class action” suit, meaning other bank customers facing alleged similar situations can join. Filed on Mar. 21st, the complaint identifies the plaintiffs as Ronald Parker, Fa’afetai Parker and Tualagi Gaoteote, “on behalf of themselves and all other similarly situated.” It notes that Ronald Parker and Gaoteote are both US military retirees. The plaintiffs allege that ANZ is liable for its systematic violations of the Truth in Lending Act (TILA) of 1968, and Regulation Z, for failing to provide homeowners with accurate periodic statements regarding the … [Read more...] about ANZ asks federal court to dismiss the complaint filed against them
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The American Samoa Government and Congresswoman Aumua Amata have asked a federal court in Salt Lake City, Utah to allow them to intervene in a citizenship lawsuit filed there by three people who were born in American Samoa. The plaintiffs — John Fitisemanu, Pale Tuli and Rosavita Tuli — argue, among other things, that because they were born in American Samoa, a US territory, they are entitled to citizenship under the 14th Amendment, the Citizenship clause — of the US Constitution. Defendants in the case include the US government and US State Department officials. Last Friday, ASG and Congresswoman Amata filed their motion to intervene in proceedings under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 24(a) or, in the alternative, for permissive intervention under Rule 24(b), according to court documents. Attorneys for ASG and the Congresswoman note that they conferred with counsel for the existing parties and defendants do not object to this motion … [Read more...] about ASG and Amata file a motion to intervene in Citizenship lawsuit
The global chaos that the media like to depict — micro-conflicts, mass migration, terrorist bombings and massacres of civilians, with major powers like Russia, Turkey and Trump’s America cynically pursuing their own interests — goes back to the early 1990s. The fall of the Berlin Wall seemed to herald an age of happy globalisation under US auspices, and western intervention in the first Gulf war still fitted the UN framework; but in the 1990s the US attempted to impose new rules. Kosovo, in 1999, was a test, as those pursuing it attempted to establish an official right to interfere in internal affairs. The vision of happy globalisation peaked with the 2011 intervention in Libya, which revealed dangerous contradictions. The international order established in 1945 has faced many crises, but its basis remains the humanist social principles of the Philadelphia conference on social rights (1944) and the San Francisco conference on prohibition of war (1945), which led to … [Read more...] about The end of the UN’s world order ?
Paul Manafort, the indicted former campaign chairman for Donald Trump, asked a judge to investigate leaks to the media of confidential grand jury information that may have also been classified.Manafort, who faces two federal indictments, seeks a hearing about the source of leaked information that he said interferes with his right to a fair trial in Alexandria, Virginia, where Special Counsel Robert Mueller signed an indictment accusing him of bank and tax fraud. He’s also accused in Washington of money laundering and failing to register as a foreign agent for his political consulting in Ukraine.The leakers have subjected Manafort, 69, to “a torrent of negative and apparently false press generated by numerous unlawful disclosures,” according to a filing late Monday in federal court in Alexandria. “These government-sourced disclosures have violated the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, internal government policies and procedures, federal statutes, and Mr. … [Read more...] about Manafort Asks Judge to Investigate Leaks in Investigation