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  • More specifically, use of any constitutional power listed in article 2 is automatically an official act with presumptive immunity. So ordering the military to assassinate a political rival? Immune from criminal prosecution, cannot even be mentioned in a courtroom or used as evidence, per the conservative (fascist) justices on the supreme court. Other powers in there that are automatically always official with presumptive immunity include removing or hiring anyone in the executive branch (including the department of justice), the pardon power, and the disturbingly vague “take care the laws be faithfully executed” power that caused even Barret to take pause from the broad immunity they were granting the president (she wrote a concurrence that even she had an issue with how broadly this could be interpreted).

    The president using powers not described in article 2 they barely even tried to define, so who knows. The only example they gave was talking to justice department officials was an official act. So talking to the justice department to help with a coup attempt? Immune. And to rub salt in the wound, the conversations cannot even be used as evidence in court.





  • There’s less barriers than you may think. For one the nominating convention hasn’t happened yet. The only state that was a potential barrier was Ohio, and they made a change so the final candidate can be submitted after there too. If dems nominate someone else at their convention, that person should be able to be on all the ballots nationwide. The convention is where the candidate is actually picked, not the caucuses or primaries.

    The money currently in the campaign itself could be transitioned into a PAC. And yes while technically PACS aren’t supposed to coordinate with candidates, we all know that line barely even exists anymore. And some big donors are apparently already building up new funds to be given to a new candidate if that occurs.

    I’m not certain a new candidate will guarantee a win, but I don’t think a politician known for making gaffes for decades now is going to suddenly stop in their old age. And every single misstep will create another flurry of speculation about his cognition, and suck all the air out of the room for the rest of the race. I don’t personally care, if Biden is elected and can’t cut it anymore cognitively than Harris takes over and it’s still miles better than Trump.

    But I worry all of this will just drive down engagement and turn out and make things harder and harder until election day. And it’s clearly been demonstrated no matter how horrific trump acts or what terrible policies he promises or how badly his policies will hurt his own supporters, they aren’t budging no matter what. If a majority of democrats and that slim amount of independent and undecided voters want Biden out of the race based on all of this, I think the best chance to make sure they show up for the polls on election day and vote blue is that they’re given what they want.



  • I’m not gonna disagree with you that more could be done and that they should be pushing even faster, but would also point out this is just one specific action being described in the article among many more. It wasn’t trying to describe all actions that have been taken to help with ev roll out. It was focused on some plants that were in danger of closing, and requires they be changed to electric car or plug in hybrid factories in the process, saving some unionized jobs in the process.


  • The reasoning was that in the old style of filibuster no other senate business was possible. In theory was supposed to help the senate be more productive. In practice, it’s made the filibuster even more powerful. If a party was holding up all legislation and other functions of the senate by grandstanding for something stupid, that could hurt them politically, especially if it got bad enough that the military was being impacted or there were government shutdowns. So maybe they would think twice if it was worth a filibuster. Now they can kind of do it risk free. I think if you saw, government shutdown caused by Republicans trying to prevent abortion protections, well it’d be pretty unpopular with most Americans. And they’d pay for it in the polls. Or maybe not even do the filibuster in the first place.







  • I suppose if we had way more judges who worked on a much quicker timeline and retained independent qualified experts in all these areas, and the judges weren’t just partisan hacks, then Chevron being struck down might not be so bad. But that’s not the world we live in. Slow decisions by corrupt judges that don’t know anything about what they’re ruling on. Just look at some of the ridiculous fda related rulings trying to go after abortion.

    But that’s basically why at the time it was originally ruled on you had liberals upset about Chevron and conservatives happy (basically a more conservative executive and more liberal court at that time).

    One slight silver lining is that it may make it easier for judges to strike down Trump admin regulations if he wins the election. But that is kind of cold comfort. Probably have worse issues than that if Trump is re elected.





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    They try to get you to submit articles to them (usually for a fee too). But they’re kind of sham journals with no peer review or standards who no one actually reads. They’ll publish pretty much anything without even looking. They have bots that just mass email every corresponding author in every paper published just begging for submissions to their journal. Whenever an article is published in a reputable journal, one author has to have contact information publicly listed so they can answer any questions about the paper, and these predatory journals just scrape that info. It’s bad, so many emails every day.