Law

When those with contempt for government take office

Submitted: Jan 12, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 While specific conflict of interest laws that apply to officials below the president don't specifically apply to the commander in chief, the "tone from the top matters," Shaub said. 

"The signals a president sends set the tone for ethics across the executive branch." -- Jordan Fabian, The Hill, Jan. 11, 2017

 

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Two federal conflict of interest statutes

Submitted: Jan 10, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board


 

 

LII / Legal Information Institute - Cornell University

 

https://www.law.cornell.edu/

 

18 U.S. Code § 208 - Acts affecting a personal financial interest

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Mergers and acquisitions

Submitted: Jan 09, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 As we roll into a week of confirmation hearings for President-Elect Donald Trump's selections to head the top positions in his cabinet, if you step back a moment, as the people at Public Citizen did ,1.what you see is a series of mergers and acquisitions of the various agencies by the "communities" they serve and regulate. While this is familiar to anyone who has pursued any public interest into the legislative and legal processes, there is something unique about this new cabinet: the man doing the selecting is himself performing an act of merger and acquisition, of the presidency of the United States.

We have tried to avoid joining the hysterical soothsayer set by making predictions, but nonetheless, we are considerng promoting a contest to see who guesses how long it will take before Trump brands the White House with a huge, overhead neon sign with his name on it. -- blj


NOTE:

(1). http://corporatecabinet.org/

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The news this time

Submitted: Jan 09, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

When you spread manure on a sunny day, the stinking dust chokes you. When you spread manure in the rain you have to worry about it running off and polluting creeks and rivers. Nevertheless manure is a good fertilizer. If it's spread judiciously, it helps any seeds grow better, even the seeds of doubt and sheer obliteration. -- blj

 

 

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Hark, the herald angels sing

Submitted: Dec 24, 2016
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Badlands Journal editorial board

  

. “Angels help us resist, Seamus,” I said. “They are the ones who give us the information and the courage to speak out when we would rather just hang out.  Our angel’s protest sign is good news! Our angel is reminding us that Trump isn’t our president. Right? We can still be good people, even though we have a terrible president.”

 Frida Berrigan, Commondreams.org, Dec. 24, 2016

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Federalist # 68: The Electoral College

Submitted: Dec 19, 2016
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Heightening the tension in recent weeks: Clinton actually won the popular vote by about 3 million — making Trump the worst-performing winner in the popular vote since 1876.1. -- CNNWire, Dec. 18, 2016

 

2016

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"Public trust doctrine requires ..."

Submitted: Dec 14, 2016
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Public trust doctrine requires that natural resources like water be shared equitably. That means there must be diverse use of the water by the various interests that comprise the public. -- Jody Hallstrom, Modesto Bee, Nov. 25, 2016

Ms. Hallstrom's mention of the centrality of the Public Trust Doctrine is most timely, considering the recent federal water bill, which favors agribusiness over vital environmental interests.

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Baseline # 5: Mexico

Submitted: Dec 08, 2016
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Badlands Journal editorial board

Trumpa “category five hurricane” for the Mexican economy--- former Mexican Central Bank official

 12-5-16

Slate

How the Close U.S.-Mexico Partnership Could Unravel Under Trump

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