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Mitch McConnell is reveling in destroying our democracy, and Politico is lionizing him for it

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On my  desktop, I have a file of links called 'Utter Contempt.' Mitch is already there, but this story shows how the punditry celebrates politics, pushes politics as news, and shows UTTER CONTEMPT for the Rule of Law or our Constitution . ' Because politics and government are just one big game to Politico, here's a story from Burgess Everett reveling in how much Mitch McConnell is enjoying destroying government. There isn't one word about the damage the 'cartoon villain' is inflicting on all of the institutions of the federal government, but plenty about how much fun he's having doing it.'

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In my file on Utter Contempt, I add the Mnuchin Refusal to Hand Over Trump Tax Returns Called 'Blatant Affront to Rule of Law'


but still, nothing beats this guy for denying and demolishing the Rule of Law: Trump declares entire Mueller report and all associated materials protected by executive privilege ,

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lets face it, Congress Is Failing: The House and Senate have been divided many times. Congress and the presidency are rarely controlled by one party. But the extent to which this Congress is already proving itself worthless as a legislative body and as a check against the president is historic.Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) " one of the lonely and loudest voices in Congress calling on members to reassert their institutional authority on declarations of war and military force " said the Trump administration is flouting congressional prerogatives at levels not seen before.Kaine cited recent reports that Trump's Department of Energy kept secret numerous authorizations allowing U.S. nuclear energy companies to share sensitive technological information with Saudi Arabia from both the public and congressional committees that have jurisdiction over nuclear proliferation and safety.' "This is not Congress against the president," Ornstein told HuffPost. "If it were, I would be confident it would be resolved appropriately. But every Republican in the House and Senate are siding with the corrupt, lying autocrats in the administration. It is Democrats against the president and the Republican Senate, with a stacked judiciary adding to the problem."

Take, for example, the Senate shedding its longstanding rules to favor Trump. The chamber's advice and consent role under the Constitution " as well as the filibuster " was a way for the chamber to hoard power as an institution. If a president wanted someone confirmed, they'd have to make sure that person was exceptionally qualified and amenable to at least some members of both parties."

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lets face it, Congress Is Failing: The House and Senate have been divided many times. Congress and the presidency are rarely controlled by one party. But the extent to which this Congress is already proving itself worthless as a legislative body and as a check against the president is historic.Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) " one of the lonely and loudest voices in Congress calling on members to reassert their institutional authority on declarations of war and military force " said the Trump administration is flouting congressional prerogatives at levels not seen before.Kaine cited recent reports that Trump's Department of Energy kept secret numerous authorizations allowing U.S. nuclear energy companies to share sensitive technological information with Saudi Arabia from both the public and congressional committees that have jurisdiction over nuclear proliferation and safety.' "This is not Congress against the president," Ornstein told HuffPost. "If it were, I would be confident it would be resolved appropriately. But every Republican in the House and Senate are siding with the corrupt, lying autocrats in the administration. It is Democrats against the president and the Republican Senate, with a stacked judiciary adding to the problem."

Take, for example, the Senate shedding its longstanding rules to favor Trump. The chamber's advice and consent role under the Constitution " as well as the filibuster " was a way for the chamber to hoard power as an institution. If a president wanted someone confirmed, they'd have to make sure that person was exceptionally qualified and amenable to at least some members of both parties."

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