Nothing Is Benign

Impeachment is on the syllabus as the faculty lounge reopens its doors. In this episode: Does the Democrats’ pivot from ‘quid pro quo’ to ‘bribery’ add up? Has the first week of witnesses changed either professor’s mind? And when exactly would a White House have the authority to hold up foreign aid? All that plus analysis of what’s most likely to compel the release of the Trump tax returns (hint: it’s not the case that looks headed for the Supreme Court) and the strange case of the Equal Rights Amendment, which is either one vote away from being added to the Constitution or already dead on arrival. We’ll let the professors explain.

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There are 10 comments.

  1. colleenb Member

    I have come around to Professor Epstein’s ways of thinking on a suit against a President while he is sitting. And, yeah, even though I’m not a Bill Clinton fan, I now think that the Paula Jones lawsuit should have been delayed until he was out of office. 

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    • November 18, 2019, at 10:06 AM PST
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  2. CarolJoy, Above Top Secret Coolidge

    Just thanking you for posting this so I can get back to listening later.

    • #2
    • November 18, 2019, at 11:36 AM PST
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  3. The Cloaked Gaijin Member

    At this point the Equal Rights Amendment might do more to protect men during child custody and alimony situations, prison sentences, social security and retirement payments due to shorter life expectancy, job injury rates, and things like that.

    I thought I would just throw that out there.

    The biggest problem with getting the Equal Rights Amendment passed besides the expiration date and the fact that most of it has taken effect anyway is that — Democrats and Leftists really don’t believe in the Constitution and its amendment process as they only believe in a Living Constitution.

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    • November 19, 2019, at 12:28 AM PST
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  4. rdowhower Coolidge

    I love this podcast. So much more interesting and entertaining than any Remnant podcast…and infinitely more intellectual. It’s a joy to hear intelligent people who know how to speak well making actual arguments.

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    • November 19, 2019, at 6:11 AM PST
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  5. Ralphie Member

    The carrot for federal road money was seat belt laws (I have read, don’t know for sure), and Obamacare Medicaid expansion by the states another example of bribing entities to do your bidding.

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    • November 20, 2019, at 4:53 AM PST
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  6. Taras Coolidge

    colleenb (View Comment):

    I have come around to Professor Epstein’s ways of thinking on a suit against a President while he is sitting. And, yeah, even though I’m not a Bill Clinton fan, I now think that the Paula Jones lawsuit should have been delayed until he was out of office.

    Note that the Paula Jones lawsuit — alleging acts that were criminal in nature, I think — was delayed by the courts until Bill Clinton was a safely re-elected lame duck.

    By contrast, the various lawsuits against Donald Trump are designed to hurt his chances for re-election.

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    • November 20, 2019, at 8:22 AM PST
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  7. MISTER BITCOIN Coolidge

    The Cloaked Gaijin (View Comment):

    At this point the Equal Rights Amendment might do more to protect men during child custody and alimony situations, prison sentences, social security and retirement payments due to shorter life expectancy, job injury rates, and things like that.

    I thought I would just throw that out there.

    The biggest problem with getting the Equal Rights Amendment passed besides the expiration date and the fact that most of it has taken effect anyway is that — Democrats and Leftists really don’t believe in the Constitution and its amendment process as they only believe in a Living Constitution.

    not when it comes to abortion.

    they don’t want a living constitution for Roe or Casey.

     

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    • November 23, 2019, at 11:31 PM PST
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  8. MISTER BITCOIN Coolidge

    Ralphie (View Comment):

    The carrot for federal road money was seat belt laws (I have read, don’t know for sure), and Obamacare Medicaid expansion by the states another example of bribing entities to do your bidding.

    i think it was the drinking age.

    the difference is federal road money is peanuts compared to Medicaid expansion. 

    also, Obama said if you don’t accept Medicaid expansion, you get zero Medicaid.

     

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    • November 23, 2019, at 11:32 PM PST
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  9. MISTER BITCOIN Coolidge

    Taras (View Comment):

    colleenb (View Comment):

    I have come around to Professor Epstein’s ways of thinking on a suit against a President while he is sitting. And, yeah, even though I’m not a Bill Clinton fan, I now think that the Paula Jones lawsuit should have been delayed until he was out of office.

    Note that the Paula Jones lawsuit — alleging acts that were criminal in nature, I think — was delayed by the courts until Bill Clinton was a safely re-elected lame duck.

    By contrast, the various lawsuits against Donald Trump are designed to hurt his chances for re-election.

     

    paula jones was a civil suit, not criminal.

     

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    • November 23, 2019, at 11:33 PM PST
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  10. Taras Coolidge

    MISTER BITCOIN (View Comment):

    Taras (View Comment):

    colleenb (View Comment):

    I have come around to Professor Epstein’s ways of thinking on a suit against a President while he is sitting. And, yeah, even though I’m not a Bill Clinton fan, I now think that the Paula Jones lawsuit should have been delayed until he was out of office.

    Note that the Paula Jones lawsuit — alleging acts that were criminal in nature, I think — was delayed by the courts until Bill Clinton was a safely re-elected lame duck.

    By contrast, the various lawsuits against Donald Trump are designed to hurt his chances for re-election.

     

    paula jones was a civil suit, not criminal.

     

    But the sexual harassment she alleged in the civil suit was criminal in nature. She says he exposed himself and demanded what is now known as a “Lewinski”.

     

    • #10
    • November 24, 2019, at 10:12 AM PST
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