News from the note…
A round up of the day’s news that might be of interest to you.
Consider this an OPEN THREAD, folks. Chat about any of the stories listed, share links to stories that caught your eye today, and generally have a good time discussing whatever you want.
The Hill — The document release fight over President Trump’s recent Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, has reached the national archivist. Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) called the archivist on Monday and made a request, “I called the archivist myself yesterday. I made a request of him that even if the Bush Library, even if the Republican lawyers, even if Chairman Grassley says don’t give up the records, he should have the strength, the courage and the fidelity to what an archivist is about to give us those records.” The Hill reports that David Ferriero the archivist in question is said to be considering the request. Schumer on Tuesday made the announcement after he accused Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassely (R-Iowa) of concealing records, “They are concealing records. What does Judge Kavanaugh have to hide? What are our Republican colleagues to afraid of revealing?”
Here is a copy of the Order Judge Otero just issued in our case against Mr. Trump and Mr. Cohen. It denies their attempt to silence me and prevent me from commenting as to the truth. So much winning from these two! #Basta https://t.co/doG2JazSq6
— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) July 31, 2018
Stephanie Clifford aka Stormy Daniels, Attorney Michael Avenatti took to twitter to drop the court ruling that denied the requested “gag order” against Avenatti. The Civil Minutes posted in the above tweet conclude, “For the foregoing reasons, the Court DENIES Defendant’s Ex Parte Application for Restraining Order and CONTINUES the stay for forty-five (45) days. A scheduling conference will be held on September 10, 2018 @ 8:30 a.m. The parties shall file a joint 26(f) report fourteen (14) days prior to the scheduling conference.”
The Hill — Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) blocked a bill that would ban release of 3D gun blueprints. Senator Bill Nelson (D-Florida) had tried to pass the bill by “unanimous consent,” making it illegal to “intentionally publish a digital file that programs a 3D printer to manufacture a firearm” he said on the senate floor, “The administration has surrendered to the crazed demands of a self-described anarchist who is going to put this up on the internet. He wants to sow chaos. He said so, in our country and across the world by making these blueprints widely available.” At issue is the settlement the DOJ made with Cody Wilson, allowing the blueprints to be published on-line, as was reported @ The News Blender. Senator Lee objected to the passing saying of the bill he only just saw on Tuesday, “Any legislation that comes fourth from this body that begins with the following words, ‘it shall be unlawful for any person to intentionally publish,’ will attract my attention.”
Developing stories being watched
Tuesday saw the opening day of the Paul Manafort trial in Virginia, so far a jury has been seated and opening statements have begun, what we’ve learned so far, Manafort has poor taste in clothes
In painting a picture of his extravagant lifestyle, prosecutors say Paul Manafort owned a $15,000 ostrich-skin jacket. pic.twitter.com/CRRG8nRppq
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) July 31, 2018
Politico is reporting that the U.S. sided with Russia against the Ukraine in a World Trade Organization case
In a potential landmark case that threatens to tear the WTO apart, the Trump administration is siding with Russia https://t.co/qmejEYWLds
— POLITICO Europe (@POLITICOEurope) July 30, 2018
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