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You can forgive conservativ…STOP OUTING NAZIS. YOUR RIGHTS DEPEND ON THEIRS, Bethany Mandel writes: You can forgive conservatives especially for worrying about this in today’s political climate. There’s a dangerous slippage that’s entered the mainstream discourse surrounding conservatism and Republicans, one that fails to distinguish between the alt right and more mainstream figures. Joy Reid was only the most recent to make this category error when she took to Twitter to write of the rally: “What did they think they were getting in the White House? What did they say when he hired Bannon and his crew? Or Sessions or Kobach?” But Bannon and Sessions are entirely different animals; by equating them, Reid highlights why conservatives are wary of the thought police going after people’s jobs. Cole White was the first to lose his job to the Charlottsville rally. Peter Cvjetanovic, 20, currently attending the University of Nevada in Reno, is another person identified from the white supremacist rally who now will be hard-pressed to find employment after he graduates (if he’s allowed to stay enrolled and isn’t hounded off of campus, that is). For White and Czjetanovic, being white nationalists has no impact on their ability to do their jobs. Had they held other jobs in which their white nationalism would directly affect their job performance, perhaps the internet mob would be justified in its quest to take heads (white nationalists shouldn’t be teaching WWII history to impressionable middle school students, for example). But firing individuals based on their personally held beliefs not only creates a slippery slope, but also as one of my Twitter followers half-joked, “an outcast class of bright, reactionary, but unemployable young men with little to lose. What. Could. Possibly. Go. Wrong?” Read the whole thing. ... read more3 hours ago
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- EVERYBODY’S UNDER FBI SCRUTINY: Bill Clinton-Loretta Lynch ‘tarmac meeting’ under more FBI scrutiny…EVERYBODY’S UNDER FBI SCRUTINY: Bill Clinton-Loretta Lynch ‘tarmac meeting’ under more FBI scrutiny. The American Center for Law and Justice says the FBI has acknowledged they are searching for more documents they might have related to the now-infamous “tarmac” meeting between former President Bill Clinton and then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch. The additional search by the FBI comes about one week after the ACLJ released emails they obtained from the Department of Justice about the meeting, many of which showed some reporters were reluctant to cover the meeting when word first broke. Previously, the FBI told the ACLJ that they found no documents. But, the batch of documents the ACLJ released previously showed FBI employees who were involved in email threads with DOJ officials. The ACLJ celebrated the decision on their website, saying, “While we appreciate that the FBI has ‘reopened’ the case file and is now ‘searching’ for documents responsive to our duly submitted [Freedom of Information Act] request from more than a year ago, it stretches the bounds of credulity to suggest that the FBI bureaucracy just discovered that ‘potentially responsive’ records ‘may exist’ on its own accord.” The Senate Judiciary Committee has taken an increased interest in Lynch’s role in the Clinton email investigation after former FBI Director James Comey said in sworn testimony Lynch asked him to stop referring to the Clinton email probe as an “investigation,” and that he should use the word “matter” instead. “That language tracked the way that the campaign was talking about the FBI’s work, and that’s concerning,” Comey said under questioning on June 8. Stay tuned. ... read more9 hours ago