Saturday, May 13, 2017

Quote of the Day

Beyond even the Russia investigation lie troubling concerns about the rule of law. The president just fired an official investigating his campaign and associates, crossing a red line once unthinkable in this country. The attorney general quiescently went along. The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee said that critics should “suck it up and move on.” The Senate majority leader excused it all in a speech on the Senate floor.

The institutional checks necessary to constrain a president such as Trump are failing before our eyes. If we can no longer count on an independent Justice Department or legitimate oversight from Congress, we are left with one overarching question: Who will stand up to Donald Trump?

– Matthew Miller
Excerpted from "Trump Has Crossed a Once-Unthinkable Red Line"
The Washington Post
May 10, 2017

Related Off-site Links:
After James Comey’s Firing, Who Will Stop Trump’s Tinpot Dictatorship? – Mehdi Hasan (The Intercept, May 10, 2017).
Why Trump's Firing of Comey Should Be Investigated – David Corn (Mother Jones, May 10, 2017).
This Feels Like a Turning Point – Charles P. Pierce (Esquire, May 11, 2017).
Top Republicans Are Helping Trump Channel His Inner Tyrant – Kali Holloway (AlterNet, May 10, 2017).
Trumps's Crimes Are the Republicans' Crimes, So They Protect Him to Protect Themselves – Emily Shugerman and Alexandra Wilts (The Independent, May 11, 2017).
How the U.S. Media Would Cover James Comey's Firing If It Happened in Another Country – Joshua Keating (Slate, May 10, 2017).
Judas, Tax Cuts and the Great Betrayal – Paul Krugman (The New York Times, May 12, 2017).
The Week That Could Make – Or Break – America – Michael Tomasky The Daily Beast, May 12, 2017).
Harvard Constitutional Scholar Calls for Trump Impeachment Probe – Mary Papenfuss (The Huffington Post, May 13, 2017).
In a Time of Madness, Sally Yates Is a Profile in Courage – Michael Winship and Bill Moyers (Salon, May 13, 2017).

5/14/17 UPDATES:
Trump Shows His Hand in Firing Comey – Bill Boyarsky (TruthDig, May 14, 2017).
Former National Intelligence Director James Clapper Says Democratic Institutions Are "Under Assault" by Trump – Oliver Laughland (The Guardian, May 14, 2017).
The End of Trump – Robert Reich (AlterNet, May 14, 2017).

See also the previous Wild Reed posts:
Quote of the Day – April 2, 2017
Quote of the Day – March 26, 2017
Quote of the Day – March 16, 2017
A Profoundly Troubling and Tragic Indictment
Let's Hope So . . .
"The Movement of Love and Inclusion Has Just Been Unleashed"
Something to Think About – January 20, 2017
"It Is All Connected"
Quote of the Day – January 11, 2017
Quote of the Day – December 25, 2016
On International Human Rights Day, Saying "No" to Donald Trump and His Fascist Agenda
Progressive Perspectives on the Election of Donald Trump as President of the United States
Carrying It On
Progressive Perspectives on the Rise of Donald Trump
Trump's Playbook

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