Archiv: checks and balances


26.07.2020 - 20:35 [ 24News.tv ]

Israel: Gyms reopen under parliamentary panel ruling defying gov’t

Most sports facilities were ordered shut on July 17 following a government vote on a package of measures aimed at stemming the spread of COVID-19 in the country.

However, on Thursday, the Knesset panel supervising the country’s coronavirus response voted to strike this restriction down

23.07.2020 - 19:22 [ New York Times ]

How Powerful Is the President?

Powers like these have been deployed sparingly: A few days after the Sept. 11 attacks, a proclamation declaring a national emergency, followed by an executive order days later, invoked some presidential powers, including the use of National Guard and U.S. military forces.

What little we know about these secret powers comes from the Brennan Center for Justice at the New York University Law School, but we believe they may include suspension of habeas corpus, surveillance, home intrusion, arrest without a judicial warrant, collective if not mass arrests and more; some could violate constitutional protections.

22.07.2020 - 02:13 [ Common Dreams ]

New Local Lawsuit Challenges ‚Violent and Unlawful‘ Attacks on Portland Protesters by Trump’s Secret Police Force

A pair of Oregon state lawmakers joined with a local lawyer, church, and advocacy group on Tuesday to bring yet another lawsuit against federal government agencies over President Donald Trump’s ongoing militarized crackdown on Black Lives Matter protests in Portland.

21.07.2020 - 21:12 [ New York Times ]

Trump Threatens to Send Federal Law Enforcement Forces to More Cities

The president portrayed the nation’s cities as out of control. “Look at what’s going on — all run by Democrats, all run by very liberal Democrats. All run, really, by radical left,” Mr. Trump said. He added: “If Biden got in, that would be true for the country. The whole country would go to hell. And we’re not going to let it go to hell.”

Democrats said the president was the one out of control.

21.07.2020 - 21:10 [ Democracy Now! / Youtube ]

Portland Protests Grow Despite Violent Crackdown from Militarized Federal Agents & Local Police

Heavily armed federal officers without name tags have carried out nightly attacks on antiracist demonstrations in Portland, Oregon, and snatched people off the streets into unmarked vans, sparking widespread outrage. “What we’ve seen is a continuous escalation in violence against our protesters,” says Lilith Sinclair, an Afro-Indigenous local organizer in Portland. They note the federal violence follows many years of “severe police brutality” from local police. “It’s left the people of Portland not only worried about their safety, but, even more so, justified in the fight that we’re engaged in.”

21.07.2020 - 20:57 [ Democracy Now! / Youtube ]

“Camouflaged Goon Squads”: Outrage, Legal Challenges in Portland as Federal Agents Snatch Protesters

The U.S. attorney for the District of Oregon has called for an investigation into the conduct of federal officers deployed to protests in Portland, calling their behavior “unlawful.” Local officials are also mounting legal challenges to remove the agents from city streets. Juan Chavez, project director and attorney at the Oregon Justice Resource Center, says it’s a terrifying situation for Portland residents who face “these camouflaged goon squads” who often refuse to identify themselves or their agencies. “They just appear in the middle of the night next to people who are in and around downtown who then get corralled into these vehicles, not told where or who’s picking them up,” he says.

21.07.2020 - 20:43 [ GOP War Room / Youtube ]

UNHINGED: Dem Rep. Clyburn Compares Federal Law Enforcement To Nazi Germany Gestapo

Democrat Congresswoman Jim Clyburn compared federal law enforcement to Nazi Germany Gestapo, when he appeared on CNN on 7/20/2020.

20.07.2020 - 12:43 [ theHill.com ]

House Democrats ask watchdogs to probe federal crackdown on protests

“The Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) appear to have increasingly abused emergency authorities to justify the use of force against Americans exercising their right to peaceful assembly,” wrote House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) and Oversight and Reform Committee Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.).

20.07.2020 - 12:01 [ NPR.org ]

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown: Federal Officers Are ‚Adding Gasoline To A Fire‘

MARTIN: First of all, would you just give us an update on the situation in Portland today?

BROWN: Obviously, things are very challenging right now. I was very, very clear with the Trump administration and the head of the Homeland Security to take their federal troops off the streets of Portland. The Trump administration needs to stop playing politics with people’s lives. We don’t have a secret police in this country. This is not a dictatorship. And Trump needs to get his officers off the streets.

20.07.2020 - 11:57 [ Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the United States of America / Twitter ]

We are trying to help Portland, not hurt it. Their leadership has, for months, lost control of the anarchists and agitators. They are missing in action. We must protect Federal property, AND OUR PEOPLE. These were not merely protesters, these are the real deal!

20.07.2020 - 11:46 [ Mayor Ted Wheeler / Twitter ]

This morning, @jaketapper @CNNSotu asked if I believed the President was breaking the law. Not only do I believe he is breaking the law, but he is also endangering the lives of Portlanders. His actions are unconstitutional.

20.07.2020 - 11:40 [ @CNNSotu / Twitter ]

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler on federal troops descending upon the unrest in his city: „Their presence here is actually leading to more violence and more vandalism. And it’s not helping the situation at all. They’re not wanted here“

20.07.2020 - 11:21 [ CNN ]

A Navy veteran says he was beaten and pepper sprayed by authorities while attending his first protest in Portland

When contacted by CNN, a spokesperson for the Portland Police Bureau said that their officers were not involved in the incident.

Customs and Border Protection also told CNN that their officers were not involved.

CNN has reached out to the Department of Homeland Security and US Marshals for a comment but has not yet heard back.

20.07.2020 - 11:00 [ Chuckle Trickle / Twitter ]

Unmarked Vehicle, unmarked agents, in the dark. This is not an abduction scene in a movie about a totalitarian regime. It’s real happening in Portland, Oregon, USA.

(17.06.2020)

20.07.2020 - 10:45 [ USA Today ]

‚Secret police force‘: Feds reportedly pull Portland protesters into unmarked vehicles, stirring outrage

(17.06.2020)

Federal law enforcement officers have used unmarked vehicles to detain protesters in Portland, according to news reports and at least one protester who spoke to USA TODAY.

Videos shared online show officers driving up to people, detaining them without explanation, then driving off, Oregon Public Broadcasting first reported. The ACLU filed a lawsuit Friday evening to try and end what it called „lawlessness“ on the streets of Portland.

10.07.2020 - 15:06 [ theHill.com ]

Five takeaways from Supreme Court’s rulings on Trump tax returns

Roberts laid out a list of factors for courts to consider when weighing such subpoenas but stressed that the list was not comprehensive, noting how rarely interbranch disputes have come before the court over the nation’s history.

“Other considerations may be pertinent as well; one case every two centuries does not afford enough experience for an exhaustive list,” the chief justice wrote

10.07.2020 - 01:13 [ Keep Talking Greece ]

Police fires tear-gas at protesters against bill to curtail public gatherings rights

With 187 votes, Greek MPs put the nails on the coffin of Democracy in the country.

PS How many protesters were injured by police and suffered from tear-gas, we will probably never learn.

09.07.2020 - 18:16 [ Haaretz ]

The Dangerous Combination of Netanyahu’s Biggest Obsessions

Netanyahu’s fixation with controlling the media is dangerous enough; controlling law enforcement will be worse

09.07.2020 - 17:51 [ theHill.com ]

Supreme Court grants NY prosecutors access to Trump’s tax returns, rebuffs Congress

The Supreme Court in a split decision on Thursday granted New York state prosecutors access to President Trump’s tax returns, even as it shielded a trove of his financial records from Congress.

The justices upheld a Manhattan district attorney subpoena for eight years of Trump’s financial documents, including his personal and corporate tax returns. But they declined to grant Congress access to records subpoenaed by a trio of Democratic-led House committees.

08.07.2020 - 19:46 [ Haaretz ]

Knesset Votes Down Probe of Judges as Gantz-Netanyahu Crisis Brew

The Knesset on Wednesday voted against forming a commission of inquiry that will probe conflicts of interest of Supreme Court justices.

Earlier on Wednesday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party said it would back the initiative by far-right lawmaker Bezalel Smotrich of the Yamina faction to establish such a commission.

Alternate Prime Minister Benny Gantz’s Kahol Lavan party called the move „a declaration of war on democracy.

07.07.2020 - 13:17 [ Haaretz ]

Summer’s End Scenario: Netanyahu Usurps Democracy and Assumes Absolute Rule

At the end of summer 2020, Israeli democracy died in broad daylight.

07.07.2020 - 13:14 [ Haaretz ]

Knesset Passes Bill Allowing Gov’t to Bypass Parliament on COVID-19 Regulations

The bill allows the executive branch to sidestep Knesset committees, which the government says cause delays in implementing its decisions. It has been debated by the Knesset and has passed a first vote on Monday night with the support of 47 MKs, while 34 opposed it. It was then approved in its second and third votes, with with 29 lawmakers voting in favor and 24 against.

27.06.2020 - 09:12 [ NPR.org ]

Minneapolis Council Moves To Defund Police, Establish ‚Holistic‘ Public Safety Force

Despite unanimous support Friday, the amendment faces a number of bureaucratic obstacles before voters can vote on it in November.

26.06.2020 - 09:13 [ theHill.com ]

House passes police reform bill that faces dead end in Senate

The House on Thursday passed sweeping criminal justice reforms aimed at curbing the use of excessive force by law enforcement after the death of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man who was killed by Minneapolis police one month ago.

The package was crafted exclusively by the majority Democrats — drawing howls of criticism from GOP leaders — and its passage was never in doubt, as Democrats of all stripes united in a 236 to 181 vote to send the measure to the Senate.

21.06.2020 - 15:43 [ CNN ]

Geoffrey Berman is leaving office immediately after standoff with Trump administration

Berman leaves behind a string of high-profile prosecutions and investigations. Since he became US attorney in early 2018, the office has prosecuted Trump’s former attorney Michael Cohen, is investigating top Trump confidante Rudy Giuliani and indicted the former New York mayor’s associates Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman.

21.06.2020 - 15:42 [ New York Times ]

Trump Fires U.S. Attorney in New York Who Investigated His Inner Circle

President Trump on Saturday fired the federal prosecutor whose office put his former personal lawyer in prison and is investigating his current one, heightening criticism that the president was carrying out an extraordinary purge to rid his administration of officials whose independence could be a threat to his re-election campaign.

16.06.2020 - 08:34 [ the Daily Pennsylvanian ]

‘A fundamentally broken system’: Why protesters are calling to ‚defund the police‘

Defunding the police is largely understood to mean reallocating funds from police departments to other community resources. Some activists, however, are calling for police departments to be completely dismantled. Regardless, these calls to ‚defund the police‘ — which are supported by about one-third of Americans — involve reimagining the current policing system in the United States.

13.06.2020 - 11:46 [ Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Abgeordnete im US Repräsentantenhaus / Twitter ]

This is the issue w/ many “reforms”: yes, you can pass certain laws, but the problem is police *breaking the law.* Murder is already illegal, but the officers who killed Breonna Taylor STILL haven’t been arrested. Taking on that abuse of power often takes major political risk.

13.06.2020 - 11:42 [ Metro.us ]

New York City oversight bill to force police to detail surveillance tools

The Public Oversight of Surveillance Technology (POST) Act already has enough co-sponsors to win the two-thirds support needed to override veto from the mayor, who has opposed the bill.

12.06.2020 - 05:56 [ theAppeal.org ]

Atlanta’s Mayor Wants $13 Million More For Police. Four Officers Were Just Fired For Using Excessive Force.

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has asked for the budget increase amid ongoing local and national reports of police violence against protesters.

12.06.2020 - 05:51 [ NPR.org ]

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser: ‚Not At All‘ Reconsidering Police Funding

The budget that you put out last month, in fact, calls for increasing funding for the police … Are you reconsidering your position in any way?

Not at all.

12.06.2020 - 05:38 [ Benjamin Dixon / Twitter ]

Don’t know who needs to hear this, but the police state services the Democratic Party elite just as much as Republicans & this entire charade over “that’s the wrong slogan” is a massive gaslighting campaign being executed by Dem operatives to ensure nothing changes in this moment

12.06.2020 - 04:49 [ The Hill / Youtube ]

Krystal Ball: Biden’s INSANE call for more police funding

Krystal Ball examines Joe Biden’s policy proposals to address racial inequality if elected president.

12.06.2020 - 04:32 [ theIntercept.com ]

As Calls to Defund the Police Grow Louder, Joe Biden Wants to Give Them More Money

As the force of the defund police movement has taken some by surprise, Biden has hardly been the only politician to seek to defend the status quo. Even his one-time rival, Sen. Bernie Sanders, indicated in a recent interview that he objected calls to defund the police. “I think we want to redefine what police departments do, give them the support they need to make their jobs better defined,” said Sanders. “So I do believe that we need well-trained, well-educated, and well-paid professionals in police departments.”

That’s what officials have promised for years. P

12.06.2020 - 03:19 [ NBC News / Youtube ]

Troubling Divide Between Police Testimony And Some Incidents Caught On Video | NBC Nightly New

In some cases of police violence, including in the case of George Floyd, there is a disconnect between what officers say happened and what video evidence later shows. As the nation weighs police reform measures, former NYPD commissioner Bill Bratton says it should focus on the importance of telling the truth.

09.06.2020 - 21:43 [ Kendall Taggart, investigative reporter @BuzzFeedNews / Twitter ]

Just now the New York State Senate officially passed the bill to repeal 50a — the 1970s law used to keep police disciplinary records secret. It’s hard to underscore just how unlikely this seemed only a few weeks ago

09.06.2020 - 21:37 [ New York Senate / Twitter ]

#NYSenate Bill S8496, sponsored by Senator @jamaaltbailey , passed 40-22 (unofficial). Relates to the disclosure of law enforcement disciplinary records; and to repeal section 50-a of the civil rights law relating thereto:

06.06.2020 - 22:25 [ Audrey McGlinchy, Austin's @NPR station / Twitter ]

NEW: Austin city council will vote on at least six @Austin_Police policy changes next Thursday including banning tear gas and ‚impact munitions‘ against demonstrators, banning chokeholds & reducing the dept’s military-grade equip:

06.06.2020 - 15:15 [ New York Times ]

Cities Ask if It’s Time to Defund Police and ‘Reimagine’ Public Safety

In the wake of George Floyd’s killing, some cities are asking if the police are being asked to do jobs they were never intended to do. Budgets are being re-evaluated.

06.06.2020 - 15:04 [ theIntercept.com ]

Hundreds of Activists and Elected Officials Call on Mayors and Cops to Decrease Police Power

Non-reformist reforms seek abolition as an end goal, and include defunding and demilitarizing the police — a demand that has long been considered politically impossible but has entered mainstream discourse over the last week and is reflected in the letters sent Friday.

The letter to police chiefs asks them to help curb the power of police unions. “Making sure that unions aren’t as powerful so that you can keep bad apples on the force, and prevent robust oversight and disciplinary action,” Medwed said.

02.06.2020 - 21:33 [ Richard E. Stone, City Univ. BA & MA;Gov't worker / Twitter ]

The NYPD is run by an illegal union, the Police Benevolent Association (PBA). Have the city stop empowering it by refusing to deduct their dues money from cop’s paychecks every pay period. And, ban union delegates from station houses.

27.04.2020 - 22:50 [ the Hill ]

Barr tells prosecutors to watch for pandemic restrictions that violate Constitution

In a two-page memorandum to the country’s 93 U.S. attorneys, Barr cautioned that some state and local directives could be infringing on protected religious, speech and economic rights.

“If a state or local ordinance crosses the line from an appropriate exercise of authority to stop the spread of COVID-19 into an overbearing infringement of constitutional and statutory protections, the Department of Justice may have an obligation to address that overreach in federal court,” Barr wrote.

25.04.2020 - 21:02 [ Ehud Barak / Haaretz ]

Netanyahu-Gantz Deal Might Mean Ordinary Israelis Must Save the Day

Nothing of the like has been seen before – not in Israel or in any other advanced democracy. This political agreement, fundamentally corrupt and rotten, emasculates the Knesset under cover of the coronavirus, undermines the foundations of our system of government and subordinates the Supreme Court to the government.

The obvious reason for its existence is neither the coronavirus nor the crisis, but immunity for the criminal defendant, Benjamin Netanyahu, in any situation and at any price.

17.04.2020 - 16:27 [ NBC News ]

The ‚total authority‘ president punts to state governors

President Trump has moved from stating that he alone can fix it to telling America’s governors that they need to “call your own shots” when it comes to reopening their economies during the nation’s worst health crisis in 100 years.

That’s our top takeaway from Trump’s announcement Thursday on federal guidelines to reopen the country “that put the onus on governors of making decisions about their states‘ economies,” per NBC News.

17.04.2020 - 11:43 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu: Masses Will Take to the Streets if Court Ousts Me

“Let there be no doubt, the High Court will take the opportunity to oust me,” Netanyahu himself says in these conversations. He warns that if the court prevents him from being prime minister, or if a law is enacted banning him from running for the post in the future, a civil rebellion will erupt. “Masses will take to the streets,” he predicts. “There will be a call to boycott the election.”

17.04.2020 - 10:37 [ New York Times ]

Trump Says States Can Start Reopening While Acknowledging the Decision Is Theirs

The guidelines released by the president effectively mean that any restoration of American society will take place on a patchwork basis.

15.04.2020 - 08:48 [ Fox News ]

Lawmakers push back against Trump by introducing resolution saying president’s authority ‘is not total’

A group of House members authored a new one-sentence resolution to remind President Trump of the limits on his power and challenged anyone in the House to vote against it.

15.04.2020 - 08:45 [ theHill.com ]

On The Trail: Governors rebuke Trump for claiming ‚total‘ authority

A looming showdown between President Trump’s eagerness to revive a cratering economy and governors facing a deadly pandemic is leading to what could become the most contentious standoff between state and federal governments since the civil rights era.

For almost 250 years, the competing interests of states and the U.S. government have undergirded the most divisive debates in American history.

14.04.2020 - 18:28 [ Donald J. Trump, President of the United States / Twitter ]

Tell the Democrat Governors that “Mutiny On The Bounty” was one of my all time favorite movies.

A good old fashioned mutiny every now and then is an exciting and invigorating thing to watch, especially when the mutineers need so much from the Captain. Too easy!

14.04.2020 - 18:23 [ Real Clear Politics ]

Gov. Cuomo: Trump Does Not Have Total Authority; „We Have A Constitution, We Don’t Have A King“

“ The president doesn’t have total authority. We have a constitution. We don’t have a king. We have an elected president. That’s what our founding fathers did when they wrote the constitution. And the constitution clearly says the powers that are not specifically listed for the federal government are reserved to the states. And the balance between federal and state authority was central to the constitution, it’s one of the great balances of power. „

14.04.2020 - 18:14 [ Fox8.com ]

‘The authority is total’: President Trump says he will decide when the economy reopens, not governors

Trump would not offer specifics about the source of his asserted power, which he claimed, despite constitutional limitations, was absolute.

“When somebody is president of the United States, the authority is total,” Trump said Monday at the White House. “The governors know that.”

02.04.2020 - 11:55 [ ABC News ]

In coronavirus pandemic, authoritarians around the world see opportunity to crack down

Leaders with authoritarian instincts may not cede their emergency powers.

02.04.2020 - 11:21 [ Regierung der Niederlande - Government.nl ]

Statement by Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden

In this unprecedented situation, it is legitimate that Member States adopt extraordinary measures to protect their citizens and overcome the crisis. We are however deeply concerned about the risk of violations of the principles of rule of law, democracy and fundamental rights arising from the adoption of certain emergency measures.

Emergency measures should be limited to what is strictly necessary, should be proportionate and temporary in nature, subject to regular scrutiny, and respect the aforementioned principles and international law obligations. They should not restrict the freedom of expression or the freedom of the press.

02.04.2020 - 11:19 [ DutchNews.nl ]

Dutch sign veiled statement condemning Hungary, sidestep outright criticism

The Netherlands is one of 13 EU member states which have signed a joint statement criticising Viktor Orban’s power grab in Hungary but which does not mention the country by name.

In the statement, EU foreign ministers say they are ‘deeply concerned about the risk of violations of the principles of rule of law, democracy and fundamental rights arising from the adoption of certain emergency measures.’

01.04.2020 - 13:34 [ RFI.fr ]

Dismantling democracy? Covid-19 used as excuse to quell dissent in Hungary

Hungary’s parliament endorsed a bill on Monday giving nationalist premier Viktor Orban the sweeping new powers he says he needs to fight the new coronavirus pandemic.

01.04.2020 - 10:19 [ Ansa.it ]

Coronavirus: Salvini defends Orban taking new powers

Nationalist opposition League leader Matteo Salvini said, amid criticism of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban getting full powers Monday, that it had been a democratic choice by the Hungarian parliament.

31.03.2020 - 12:32 [ Spiked ]

The frightening crackdown on Covid ‘fake news’

Most concerning is that this could lead to the censorship of those who disagree with the government’s line on coronavirus – and the extraordinary measures it has put in place to tackle it.

There is a great deal of disagreement among experts on a whole range of questions related to the coronavirus outbreak, such as over the death rate of the virus or the necessity of a society-wide shutdown. Members of the public have every right to weigh in on these debates on social media, too.

31.03.2020 - 12:15 [ Spiked ]

Britain is sliding into dystopia

(26.03.2020)

Derbyshire Police have tweeted a menacing video warning the public to stay away from the Peak District during the coronavirus lockdown.

The video shows police drone footage of unsuspecting members of the public hiking, walking their dogs and watching the sunset. All totally harmless behaviour, which is now deemed ‘non-essential’ – and by implication illegal – by the authorities.

31.03.2020 - 12:08 [ Spiked ]

Coronavirus Bill: the greatest loss of liberty in our history

(25.03.2020)

The Coronavirus Bill, having sailed through the House of Commons, is expected to become law today. The Bill gives the government and the authorities unprecedented new powers, unheard of in a democracy during peacetime.

29.03.2020 - 10:55 [ New York Times ]

Military Force Against Americans

(9. September 2019)

After the Sept. 11 attacks, an American citizen who had been arrested in Chicago and accused of terrorism links was deemed to be an “enemy combatant” and transferred to military custody. He was held in wartime detention without trial for years, then transferred back to the civilian justice system before the Supreme Court could resolve his case. In 2011, an American drone strike targeted and killed an American citizen who had been deemed to be an operational terrorist leader whose capture was infeasible, but who had not been charged or convicted in a trial. In 2019, the executive branch was reported to be considering invoking the Insurrection Act to deploy military forces on domestic soil to enforce immigration laws.

Are any of these examples unlawful? Under what circumstances, if any, may a president use military force within the United States or against Americans?

28.03.2020 - 09:20 [ LawAndCrime.com ]

Trump Axed Congressionally-Mandated Pandemic Recovery Oversight with Stimulus Bill Signing Statement

Trump, by way of a signing statement, noted that his administration would quite simply override a provision in the nearly 900-page stimulus bill that would require the country’s newest inspector general–just created and tasked with overseeing the disbursement of the stimulus funds–to report to Congress any time the administration stonewalled about where or how those funds were being spent.

28.03.2020 - 08:41 [ Wikipedia ]

Signing statement

The Supreme Court has not squarely addressed the limits of signing statements.

28.03.2020 - 08:30 [ Huffington Post ]

Trump Claims Power To Gag Watchdog Overseeing New $500 Billion Bailout

President Donald Trump has issued a signing statement declaring that he can block a watchdog from telling Congress when information is withheld about payouts to businesses in the massive new $2 trillion economic relief law.

Democrats fought hard for provisions in the measure to ensure …

28.03.2020 - 08:19 [ Rand Paul, US Senator / Twitter ]

In times of panic, it is good to have someone with a cool, level MIT head asking the tough questions. Thank you @RepThomasMassie

28.03.2020 - 07:57 [ Thomas Massie, Abgeordneter im US Repräsentantenhaus / Twitter ]

Today I joined the Rush Limbaugh show with guest host @kenmatthews to talk about the unconstitutional attempt by leadership on both sides of the aisle to pass the LARGEST SPENDING BILL EVER without actually voting. Miss the interview? You can listen here:

28.03.2020 - 07:48 [ Mike Lee, US Senator / Twitter ]

I don’t know a member of Congress more principled or dedicated to the Constitution than @RepThomasMassie . @SpeakerPelosi delayed this process repeatedly and sent the House into recess before its job was complete. Big mistake!

28.03.2020 - 07:41 [ theHill.com ]

Massie defiant, criticizes leaders for preventing him from speaking on floor

Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) blasted Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) on Friday for not allowing him to speak on the floor before the House approved a $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus package.

Massie had sought to force a roll-call vote on the measure, earning a condemnation from President Trump in the process and criticism from a number of members of Congress.

28.03.2020 - 07:03 [ theHill.com ]

House passes $2 trillion coronavirus package — but not without last-minute drama

“This is a 9/11 moment,” Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-Wash.) said on the floor. “A time to put partisan differences aside, policy differences aside, and work together as Americans.”

26.03.2020 - 14:18 [ Gil Hoffman, Jerusalem Post's chief political correspondent / Twitter ]

The Knesset Arrangements Cmte just voted 9-7 to have the Knesset plenum meet at 4pm to pick a new Knesset speaker

26.03.2020 - 14:15 [ i24news.tv ]

Israel: Vote for Knesset Speaker to be held Thursday, Supreme Court orders

Israel’s Supreme Court ordered a Thursday vote to elect a new Knesset (Israeli Parliament) speaker after Yuli Edelstein announced his resignation Wednesday, allowing senior MKAmir Peretz to lead the plenary.

The court decided late Wednesday night to hold the vote Thursday.

26.03.2020 - 02:55 [ Haaretz / Twitter ]

The High Court ruled Thursday overnight that chairman of the Labor Party Amir Peretz will be appointed as the temporary Knesset Speaker

26.03.2020 - 01:52 [ Haaretz ]

High Court Appoints Temporary Knesset Speaker to Elect Replacement

In the ruling, Supreme Court President Justice Esther Hayut attacked Edelstein, saying he had committed „an unprecedented violation of the rule of law.“ Hayut had strongly criticized Edelstein’s decision to lock the plenary contrary to the court’s decision.

Earlier, the High Court debated a petition to accuse Edelstein of dishonoring the court, after he resigned earlier Wednesday, locking the Knesset plenum contrary to the court’s decision, which ruled that a new Speaker will be selected by Wednesday midnight.

26.03.2020 - 00:29 [ Haaretz ]

Knesset Mutiny, Produced and Directed by Netanyahu, Will Live in Infamy

Never before has such a senior public official – Edelstein is second in line to President Rivlin in the state’s official hierarchy – thumbed his nose so directly at Israel’s judicial system, sparking an unprecedented constitutional crisis in the midst of the coronavirus crisis which is plaguing both Israel and the world.

There’s no direct analogy, of course, with the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor that spurred FDR to make his famous “infamy speech” while asking Congress to approve a declaration of war against Japan – other than in the potential if not existential threat that Edelstein’s move poses to Israel’s future.

26.03.2020 - 00:28 [ i24news.tv ]

Israel’s Rivlin: „It is our obligation to obey court’s decrees“

This prompted the High Court to convene urgently to decide how to move forward, with proceedings seemingly set to extend into the night.

25.03.2020 - 14:06 [ Haaretz ]

Knesset Speaker Resigns, Subverts High Court Ruling to Hold Vote on His Replacement

According to Knesset protocols, Edelstein’s resignation will come into effect within 48 hours. The Knesset won’t be able to vote on a new Knesset speaker until then, and Edelstein said that the Knesset will not be able to convene for a vote until Monday. Benny Gantz’s Kahol Lavan is looking into ways to circumvent the protocols and appoint an acting Knesset speaker.

25.03.2020 - 04:20 [ Haaretz ]

Gantz Backs Off of Unity With Netanyahu, Eyes Control of Parliament Instead

While last week Gantz agreed in principle to join a unity government with Likud that would be headed by Netanyahu for a limited period until Gantz replaced him, he has pulled back following criticism from supporters.

“First, we will get Israeli democracy back to working – and later we will form a government that will deal with the coronavirus and the other challenges that are on the line,” Gantz wrote on Facebook on Tuesday. “We must not let the coronavirus crisis, which requires thorough attention – medical, social and economic – trample over Israeli democracy. Not on my watch.”

25.03.2020 - 04:09 [ i24news.tv ]

Netanyahu’s Likud accuses Blue and White of ’stealing the Parliament‘

Other special committees to be established will focus on education, violence in Israeli Arab communities and labor and welfare; the four special panels will need to be approved by the plenum Tuesday.

These included Finance and Foreign Affairs and Defense panels, with the latter set to establish a special committee that will supervise the contentious Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency)-led coronavirus patients surveillance program.

25.03.2020 - 03:45 [ CNN ]

Trump doubles down on Easter timeline to re-open US

CNN’s Kaitlin Collins pressed President Donald Trump on his comments about hoping to re-open the US by Easter, a date that few health experts believe will be sufficient in containing the spread of coronavirus.

24.03.2020 - 18:37 [ Haaretz ]

Top Likud Ministers Change Tune on High Court Ruling, Back Vote on Knesset Speaker

Hanegbi, who heads the Agriculture Ministry, and Elkin, minister for Jerusalem affairs and environmental protection, are joining Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan and Likud parliamentarian Gideon Sa’ar, who is known as a Netanyahu rival, in supporting the court’s decision.

Despite also voicing criticism of the ruling, on Monday Erdan said „we must respect the ruling or else resign ourselves to anarchy,“ while Sa’ar stressed that calls not to accept a direct court ruling are „unacceptable.“

23.03.2020 - 23:12 [ CNN ]

Trump itching to scale back social distancing after 15 day-period, aides say

„The President is right, the cure can’t be worse than the disease, and we’re going to have to make some difficult tradeoffs,“ Trump’s top economic adviser Larry Kudlow said Monday on Fox News. „I spoke with the President about this very subject late last evening, so we’ll be looking at a number of different things. Let’s give it another week.“

23.03.2020 - 22:04 [ Anshel Pfeffer / Twitter ]

Didn’t take long for the High Court to get back to Edelstein and now they’re not “requesting” any more. They’re ordering him in a 19-page ruling to let the vote for his replacement go ahead by Wednesday + accusing him of undermining democracy.

Crazy turn of events.

23.03.2020 - 21:41 [ Ynetnews.com ]

High Court rules Edelstein must allow vote for new Speaker

The High Court ruled in a unanimous decision Monday that Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein must convene the Knesset no later than Wednesday, to elect his replacement.

23.03.2020 - 20:08 [ i24news.tv ]

Israel: Edelstein poised to answer High Court as Likud members call to defy ruling

Israel’s High Court of Justice approved Knesset (Israel’s Parliament) Speaker Yuli Edelstein’s request to submit his answer today at 9 pm (local time) regarding whether he will convene a parliamentary vote for his replacement.

23.03.2020 - 20:05 [ i24news.tv ]

Israel: Supreme Court hears petition on replacing Knesset Speaker Edelstein

Throughout Israel’s 72-year existence, the Knesset Speaker had only been replaced once a new government was sworn in. Thus, replacing Edelstein before a government is formed would represent an unprecedented move, even with a majority vote.

23.03.2020 - 20:03 [ Ynetnews.com ]

Israel’s top court orders parliament to clarify speaker vote

The Supreme Court on Monday ordered the country’s parliament to reconvene for the selection of a new speaker, dealing a blow to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as he tries to steer the country through the coronavirus crisis and fend off a looming corruption trial.

The current speaker, Yuli Edelstein of Netanyahu’s Likud party, suspended the parliament’s activities last week, citing procedural issues and restrictions on large gatherings due to the virus.

23.03.2020 - 15:15 [ Ynet ]

Hundreds protest in front of Knesset, calling on speaker to resign

Edelstein, a member of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s ruling Likud party, last week suspended parliamentary activities, preventing the newly elected legislature from choosing a new speaker and forming committees critical to the country’s fight against coronavirus.

23.03.2020 - 11:55 [ Alec Pollard / Twitter ]

Lawmakers arrive at first session of Israeli #Knesset greeted by protesters demanding to replace speakers of the parliament @YuliEdelstein . @Likud_Party say if he is replaced they will scuttle unity government .

23.03.2020 - 10:49 [ Haaretz ]

Coronavirus Crisis Accelerates Israel’s Slide Into Erdogan-style Authoritarianism

Monday is an important test for Israeli democracy. The Knesset is due to resume its deliberations amidst the political crisis and the spread of the coronavirus.

If the Knesset chairman Yuri Edelstein, backed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his political hatchetmen from Likud, continue with their delay tactics to prevent the legislative branch performing its duty, Israel will win the dubious title of the only „parliamentary democracy“ to fail to recognize the results of its last democratic general election and to be governed by an inoperative parliament.

23.03.2020 - 10:29 [ Donald J. Trump, President of the United States / Twitter ]

WE CANNOT LET THE CURE BE WORSE THAN THE PROBLEM ITSELF. AT THE END OF THE 15 DAY PERIOD, WE WILL MAKE A DECISION AS TO WHICH WAY WE WANT TO GO!

23.03.2020 - 10:27 [ Fox News ]

Trump hints possibility of less-restrictive approach in coronavirus fight

President Trump tweeted Sunday that his administration will reassess its response to the coronavirus outbreak at the end of the 15-day period that calls on Americans to limit their normal behaviors in an effort to slow the spread of the virus.

23.03.2020 - 07:58 [ Washington Post ]

Don’t let constitutional rights be a victim of this virus

But the Justice Department’s request doesn’t stop there. Instead, the department has also included an idea that should be immediately rejected: letting federal court chief judges halt all court proceedings during an emergency. This provision would apply to “any statutes or rules of procedure otherwise affecting pre-arrest, post-arrest, pre-trial, trial, and post-trial procedures in criminal and juvenile proceedings and all civil process and proceedings.”

22.03.2020 - 13:15 [ Washington Post ]

With a pandemic as cover, Netanyahu is carrying out a coup in Israel

(19.03.2020)

Under the cover of a pandemic, he is transforming himself from lame-duck prime minister to unelected strongman. He and his henchmen have shut down parliament, enacted extreme “security” measures without legislative oversight and shelved the courts just as Netanyahu was about to go on trial for corruption.

I don’t use the word “coup” lightly. But any weaker description of Netanyahu’s assault on Israeli democracy is a refusal to absorb and report the truth.

22.03.2020 - 12:56 [ Politico ]

DOJ seeks new emergency powers amid coronavirus pandemic

“Not only would it be a violation of that, but it says ‘affecting pre-arrest,’” said Norman L. Reimer, the executive director of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. “So that means you could be arrested and never brought before a judge until they decide that the emergency or the civil disobedience is over. I find it absolutely terrifying. Especially in a time of emergency, we should be very careful about granting new powers to the government.”

22.03.2020 - 10:48 [ Haaretz ]

Knesset Speaker Edelstein and His Puppet Master Netanyahu, Free Israel’s Parliament

Since a majority of Knesset members – 61 out of 120 – oppose the government, Edelstein was dispatched to block the activity of the legislature and prevent it from voting in a new speaker. It is inconceivable that a temporary speaker would use his authority to set the agenda in order to prevent the selection of a permanent speaker. It is parliamentary bullying, and it must stop immediately.

20.03.2020 - 21:17 [ Haaretz ]

How to Stop Netanyahu From Destroying What’s Left of Israel’s Democracy

The government is doing all it can to fight the coronavirus, while the premier moves to demolish Israel’s democracy. Only if the center-left parties are in the coalition will they be able to contain Netanyahu

20.03.2020 - 17:10 [ Haaretz ]

Americans Beware: Trump Could Emulate Netanyahu’s Coronavirus Coup

The United States is facing greater coronavirus upheavals than Israel, led by a president who has less respect for democracy and the rule of law

19.03.2020 - 21:57 [ Haaretz ]

Raise the Black Flag at Home. Stand Up to the Tyrant Netanyahu

For years and years, we wondered when the occupation would come home.

It happened this week.

As the settlers once said in a different context: Yesha Zeh Kan – Judea, Samaria and Gaza are here.

One set of laws for the tyrant’s allies. Another set of laws for everyone else. Innocent civilians hounded. Their persecutor – never held accountable.

Raise the black flag. Stand up to the tyrant.

This is the fitting flag for this new Israel.

19.03.2020 - 21:53 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu Is Using Coronavirus to Hold Onto Power

Panic over the coronavirus, justified as it may be, mustn’t blind the public from seeing how the temporary prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, and members of his party are exploiting the crisis to hold onto power. Through their management of the coronavirus crisis, Netanyahu and his government are neutralizing the justice system and quarantining the legislature.