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DOJ: No Sessions recusal paper trail

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Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) have a press release:

The Department of Justice has no unreleased documents or notes on Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ decision to recuse himself from the Trump-Russia investigation, according to information made public by a FOIA lawsuit by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW).

According to the DOJ, the only two records ever created regarding his recusal were a press release and a short email to top DOJ officials that was made public in June. Documents obtained by CREW in the lawsuit also show that Sessions announced his recusal about an hour before he was scheduled to meet with his staff to discuss the recusal.

“For such a major decision, it’s a little odd that there’s virtually no paper trail,” CREW Executive Director Noah Bookbinder said. “This suggests the whole process was haphazardly done, and it provides the Department with very little guidance on the scope of the recusal.”

Assuming the DOJ is correct that there were no records beyond a press release and a short email, that means that no written analysis or detailed explanation accompanied Sessions decision, suggesting he may have made the decision alone in the immediate aftermath of reports of his meeting with Russian officials.

“Whatever the explanation, the story behind the Sessions recusal is noteworthy,” said Bookbinder, a veteran of the Justice Department. “This is not how the Department of Justice normally does business.”

Read the documents here

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25 July 2017 at 8:46 pm

Interesting greens today: Kale with onion, mushrooms, eggplant, and chardonnay

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I’m just going to describe what I did because it came out so well.

I cubed the eggplant (without peeling it) and tossed cubes with olive oil, Penzey’s Tuscan Sunset herbs, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. I spread them on a parchment-paper-covered baking sheet and roasted them at 400ºF for 12 minutes. (The eggplant cubes will stick to foil, but not to parchment paper. I buy it from King Arthur Flour, pre-cut to baking-pan-size sheets.)

In the meantime, I put about 2 Tbsp of olive oil in my 11″ sauté pan, and sauteed

1/2 white onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced (let sit 15 minutes after mincing)
4 medium crimini mushrooms, chopped
1 jalapeño, chopped small
good pinch of salt
freshly ground pepper

Sauté that until the mushrooms release their liquid and start to become tender, then add

1 large bunch kale, chopped. Mince the stems and cook those with the onions.

Sauté briefly, then add

the roasted eggplant—this was the genius move and not really planned. It just seemed that they could cook a bit longer, so I thought, “Why not?”

Sauté for 3 minutes or so, then add

1/2 – 3/4 cup white wine

Cover and simmer 20 minutes.

It was quite tasty and the textures were interesting.

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25 July 2017 at 4:24 pm

Posted in Recipes, Food, Low carb

Trump Watch, Volume 10: Sessions prepares for crackdown on pot (if he isn’t fired first), White House publishes personal information of people who expressed concern about privacy, Trump and dictators

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Radley Balko has quite a list. I give here just the first few entries.

Note: Until now, Trump Watch had only included statements, policies, proposed policies and other changes specifically proposed by President Trump and his political appointees. I didn’t include any existing policies that began in the Obama or prior administrations. It seemed unfair to hold Trump responsible for civil liberties policies without giving him an opportunity to change them. But Trump has now been in office for six months. If he had interest in changing any of these policies, that seems like an adequate amount of time to have done so. Going forward then, I’ll be including in Trump Watch all policies, statements, practices and procedures that come from the federal government, regardless of when they began.

Read the whole thing.

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25 July 2017 at 2:32 pm

Fascinating: Prescription video games to treat specific disorders (ADHD, Depression, …)

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Very interesting article (and video).

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25 July 2017 at 2:05 pm

Spicy shave with a great little razor

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A great shave is a fine start to a new day. Since Russian Tea from the late, lamented Strop Shoppe has a fragrance redolent of spice, I chose an aftershave in the same ballpark. But first, the lather. My G.B. Kent BK4 did its usual handsome job, and the lather was a pleasure in itself, both creating it and using it.

Then I set to work with the Baili BR171, which I discovered is also sold by Chiseled Face. At least, it was a day or so ago. Gone now, but perhaps he will restock. [My error. It’s in stock at the link. -LG= The BR171 is a great little razor: very comfortable, very efficient, feels good in the hand, solid construction, and (to my eye) attractive. For $6 (the price it had at Chiseled Face) or $7 (its price at Italian Barber) it’s a screaming bargain. A great travel razor since it performs well and feels good and losing it would not be a biggie.

Three passes to a perfectly smooth result with no trouble encountered, then a splash of Barrister & Mann Reserve Spice: the day is already off to a good start.

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25 July 2017 at 9:15 am

Posted in Shaving

From ‘fake media’ to Clinton, Trump brings political attacks to the Scout Jamboree

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Just when you think Trump could not sink lower. John Wagner and Jenna Johnson report on Trump’s appearance at the National Scout Jamboree:

Ahead of President Trump’s appearance Monday at the National Scout Jamboree in West Virginia, the troops were offered some advice on the gathering’s official blog: Fully hydrate. Be “courteous” and “kind.” And avoid the kind of divisive chants heard during the 2016 campaign such as “build the wall” and “lock her up.”

But from the moment he took the stage, Trump — who was never a Scout himself but touted his role as the “honorary president of the Boy Scouts of America” — started leading them down a very different path.

Over the next 35 minutes, the president threatened to fire one of his Cabinet members, attacked former president Barack Obama, dissed his former rival Hillary Clinton, marveled at the size of the crowd, warned the boys about the “fake media,” mocked pollsters and pundits, and said more people would say “Merry Christmas” under his presidency. He also told a rambling tale about a famous, now-deceased home builder that meandered from a Manhattan cocktail party to a yacht and then to places that the president would only allow the boys’ imaginations to go.

The speech was, in fact, very much like the rally speeches that Trump gave across the country last year, although he sprinkled in some pieces of inspirational advice (“Do something you love”) and reflections on Boy Scout values (“We could really use some more loyalty, I will tell you that.”).

Trump was joined by former Scouts who serve in his Cabinet, including Energy Secretary Rick Perry and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. The latter wore a Scouting outfit for the occasion. “Ryan is an Eagle Scout from Big Sky country in Montana,” Trump relayed.

As the president’s speech continued, Perry appeared to grow bored as he stood behind Trump, chatting with others, flipping through a book and then filming a video of the crowd. Not invited on the adventure: Attorney General Jeff Sessions, an Eagle Scout whose day job appears in jeopardy in Washington.

Trump began the official address, delivered from a lectern with the presidential seal, by pledging to talk about things loftier than politics.

“Tonight we put aside all of the policy fights in Washington, D.C., you’ve been hearing about with the fake news,” the president told the crowd of Scouts and volunteers gathered in Glen Jean, W.Va. “Who the hell wants to speak about politics when I’m in front of the Boy Scouts?”

But before long, Trump dived into the politics of the Republican health-care bill, which could die if it doesn’t clear a key procedural vote on Tuesday. Trump pointed to Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, who has been tasked with selling the legislation.

“Hopefully he’s going to get the votes tomorrow,” Trump said, emphasizing the importance of overhauling the Affordable Care Act, which he called “this horrible thing that’s really hurting us.”

As chants of “USA! USA!” broke out, Trump asked Price: “By the way, are you going to get the votes? You better get the votes. Otherwise, I’ll say, ‘Tom, you’re fired.’ ”

Trump also slipped in a reference to Sen. Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia, one of the Republican holdouts on moving forward with the bill, which would leave up to 22 million fewer Americans with health insurance by 2026, according to estimates.

“You better get Senator Capito to vote for it,” the president told Price.

Seemingly returning to the teleprompters, Trump pivoted to another subject.

“Boy Scout values are American values,” the president said. “And great Boy Scouts become great, great Americans. As the Scout law says, a Scout is trustworthy, loyal – we could use some more loyalty, I will tell you that.”

It wasn’t clear what Trump was referencing. Perhaps it was fellow members of his party refusing to vote for health-care legislation. Perhaps it was Sessions, whom earlier in the day Trump had called “beleaguered” in a tweet. Trump harshly criticized Sessions last week for recusing himself from investigations involving Russian interference in the 2016 election. . .

Continue reading.

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24 July 2017 at 7:49 pm

You know how you can fall in love with one bowl, while others leave you cold?

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We love these two bowls, and so I’m buying more of each:

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24 July 2017 at 7:08 pm

Posted in Daily life

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