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LAWS ARE FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE: California Police Have Been Illegally Sharing License Plate Reader Data.

RULES ARE FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE: California campaign watchdogs say they want the ability to donate to candidates. “California’s campaign watchdog agency has suspended a longstanding policy banning its members from contributing to federal candidates after one commissioner donated to Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential bid.”

“Watchdog.”

RULES ARE FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE: Another insider fix from New York’s pathetic ethics cops. “If it’s not a coverup, it’s the next best thing: The state Inspector General’s Office just proved that it can’t investigate Gov. Andrew Cuomo.”

KAMALA HAS ALWAYS DRIPPED CONTEMPT FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE: Harris aide, in resignation letter, says ‘I have never seen an organization treat its staff so poorly.’ To be fair, the aide undoubtedly would have put up with it and kept quiet if Harris were the frontrunner.

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL EDITORIALIZES: The Whistleblower Executive.

The impeachment process is barely underway and already some constitutional norms are being trampled without a note of media notice or political concern. To wit, can a whistleblower inside the intelligence bureaucracy override a President’s right to executive privilege merely with an accusation?

That seems to be the default view among Democrats and the press as they luxuriate in news about Donald Trump’s conversations with foreign leaders. First it was the call with Ukraine’s President. Then on Monday the leak was what Mr. Trump told Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison. Now Democrats want to see the transcripts of other phone calls with other leaders.

“This is a coverup,” declared Nancy Pelosi last week, but if that’s true it is the most incompetent coverup in presidential history. Mr. Trump can’t seem to have any conversation that doesn’t leak, in part or whole, or that can’t be demanded by Congress as if everyone in the executive branch works for the House Speaker. Mr. Trump has released the Ukraine transcript and the whistleblower complaint, and he’s still accused of a coverup.

Last week’s inquisition of acting director of national intelligence Joseph Maguire by House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff captures the prevailing disdain for the separation of powers when Mr. Trump is the political target. Mr. Maguire, who has an impeccable reputation, had received the whistleblower complaint as part of his duties. He then acted responsibly by seeking legal advice about whether the document was subject to executive privilege. . . .

According to the Justice Department’s analysis of the whistleblower’s complaint, there was no “crime or fraud.” But Mr. Schiff treats the whistleblower’s complaint as enough to override any claim of a President’s right to have confidential communications with foreign leaders.

The implication is that any time anyone in the bureaucracy issues a complaint against a President, Congress has the power to demand it be delivered and made public. That is already happening with the stories about Mr. Morrison. This means that no foreign leader can have the expectation that anything he tells Mr. Trump, or the next President, will be confidential. . . .

Once again we see the irony that in the rush to impeach Mr. Trump for his real or imagined violations of political norms, his opponents have no problem violating norms themselves.

Norms are for the little people.

RULES ARE FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE:

TRANSPARENCY IS FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE: Chuck Todd has list of banned guests but won’t reveal names.

NEW YORK SUN: Senator Franken’s Regrets.

So upset is Mr. Franken, even to this day, over the way his critics spoke of him that at one point in his interview with Ms. Mayer, she reports, he began to cry. Nor is Mr. Franken the only one that has regrets. Ms. Mayer counts what she calls “a remarkable number” of Mr. Franken’s Senate colleagues who regret their own roles in his downfall.

Senator Leahy calls his decision to seek Mr. Franken’s resignation “one of the biggest mistakes” he’s made. Senator Heitkamp, now out of office, confessed she called for Mr. Franken to quit “without concern for exactly what this was.” Tammy Duckworth, Angus King, Bill Nelson, Jeff Merkley, Thos. Udall, all seem ashamed of failing to stand for due process. Maybe for penance they’ll quit, too.

Heh. Fat chance. Consequences are for the little people. Well, and for Bill Nelson, as it turned out.

LAWS ARE FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE: Jeffrey Epstein’s Lolita Express and the art of unequal justice: The nexus of power, money, and influence is why this scandal is likely to widen. But back when the elites had more power, scandals like this wouldn’t have come out at all. The increasing number of scandals involving the formerly untouchable probably means that elites are weaker, rather than dirtier, than decades ago.

OF COURSE SHE DOES. SHE’S A SOCIALIST IN GOOD STANDING. WHERE ARE HER PERKS AND PRIVILEGES?  SACRIFICES ARE FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE:  Congressional Pay Raise: AOC Wants Hers.

NOTHING TO SEE HERE. MOVE ALONG. Nellie Ohr deleted emails sent from husband’s DOJ account.

Nellie Ohr, the wife of Justice Department official Bruce Ohr, told her husband she was deleting emails sent from his government account.

The revelation comes as both Ohrs remain under intense scrutiny for their ties to Fusion GPS and British ex-spy Christopher Steele, the author of the anti-Trump dossier that was used to obtain warrants to wiretap a member of President Trump’s 2016 campaign.

Conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch obtained a series of April 2016 emails from a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the Justice Department that show a correspondence between the Ohrs, an aide to Bruce Ohr named Lisa Holtyn, and Stefan Bress, a first secretary at the German Embassy.

They discussed setting up a dinner for the German delegation as well as a meeting to discuss Russian organized crime. Included in a proposed agenda is the “Impact of Russian influence operations in Europe (‘PsyOps/InfoWar’).”

On April 20, responding to the email thread with the subject line, “Analyst Russian Organized Crime – April 2016,” came the email from Nellie Ohr about deleting the emails. “Thanks! I’m deleting these emails now,” she said.

Bruce Ohr was an associate deputy attorney general and director of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force while his wife Nellie was an independent contractor and Russia specialist.

Accountability is for the little people.

ACCOUNTABILITY IS FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE. ALSO, TAXES. College president who used public resources to campaign gets slap on the wrist. “A Michigan college president allegedly violated campaign and election law in the November elections. Schoolcraft College president Dr. Conway Jeffress and other administrators’ efforts focused on trying to pass a tax increase that would have brought in millions more dollars for the college.”

ACCOUNTABILITY IS FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE: Massachusetts DA’s Sue To Keep ICE Out Of Courthouses. “This announcement comes less than a week after a Newton judge was indicted and suspended for allegedly conspiring with a court officer to help an illegal immigrant escape out the basement door of Newton District Court last spring.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, RULE OF LAW IS FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE EDITION: Michigan State apparently ignored 2018 federal court ruling on due process until student sued.

ACCOUNTABILITY IS FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE: Culture of Secrecy Shields Hospitals With Outbreaks of Drug-Resistant Infections.

LAWS ARE FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE! GET BACK IN LINE, PEASANT!  Privilege And The Chicago Way: All Charges Against Jussie Smollett Dropped

TAXES ARE FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE: Guess How Much AOC Owes In Corporate Back Taxes? “Here’s the kicker: the bill is from six years ago.”

ACCOUNTABILITY IS FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE: Fremont Destroyed Decades of Police Misconduct Records Shortly Before Transparency Law Took Effect.

IT’S ONLY BAD FOR OUR DEMOCRACY WHEN REPUBLICANS DO IT: Democratic Superstars Get Away with Questioning the Integrity of Elections.

Andrew Gillum and Stacey Abrams were 2018 runner-up candidates for governor in the country’s third- and ninth-largest states, are considered “rising stars” in the Democratic Party, and are engaging in “horrifying,” “shocking” rhetoric that is “threatening our democracy.”

That’s according to Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine. That’s what they said about Donald Trump, after all, for questioning the results an election that hadn’t even happened yet. Surely they must feel the same about Gillum and Abrams doing the same.

Gillum and Abrams have, to varying degrees, openly impugned the integrity of their governor’s race losses in Florida and Georgia, to the sound of crickets in mainstream and liberal media.

Clinton, Kaine, Democrats, and the media were understandably vexed when Trump infamously said he would keep us all “in suspense” about accepting the results of the 2016 election. Even now, cable news talkers wonder in hushed tones if Trump would refuse to accept a 2020 defeat and leave the White House, or something.

Yet Abrams and Gillum continue to get away with irresponsible self-pity and delusion.

Rules are for the little people. And Republicans.

TAXES ARE FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE, NOT THE CAPO DI TUTTI IDIOTI:  Company founded by Ocasio-Cortez in 2012 still owes $1,870 in taxes.

ACCOUNTABILITY IS FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE:

Though honestly, he seems like a perfect fit for CNN. . . .

LAWS ARE FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE: British investigators: Facebook intentionally violated data privacy laws.

LAWS ARE FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE: Report: U. Illinois ‘improperly blocks’ two-thirds of public records requests.

RULES ARE FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE: Greenpeace Ditched Its Old Ship On A Bangladeshi Beach.

Related: Greenpeace’s own environmental vandalism goes conveniently unreported.

Hypocrisy is a big news peg, unless it makes leftists look bad.

SACRIFICES ARE FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE: Dems fly to Puerto Rico on chartered jet, meet with lobbyists, see ‘Hamilton’ as shutdown drags on.

RULES ARE FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE: School cop removed from campus after giving principal ticket for parking in handicapped spot. Nice to see our public schools giving kids an object lesson in how government really works.

PATRICK POOLE: John Kerry’s Family Fights to Keep Peasants Away from Ancestral French Villa, Claiming Terror Threat. “‘Walls don’t work’ is for the little people.”

Where’s the fun in being rich and powerful if you can’t lord it over the serfs?

MORE LIBERAL PRIVILEGE:  An election hacked — by Democrats.  Laws are for the little people.

STONEWALLING: D.C. Attorney General Sued for Documents Related to Bloomberg Scheme.

A D.C.-based think tank filed suit Wednesday against D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine, claiming his office has refused to produce any kind of response to several Freedom of Information Act requests seeking documents related to an environmental legal scheme largely funded by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

In that scheme, Bloomberg funded a new “center” of the New York University School of Law, and the school provides the funding for certain attorneys to be placed within attorney general offices (OAGs) around the country with the sole purpose of pursuing litigation and other legal work related to climate change.

The payment for these attorneys includes their ongoing salaries, so that the OAGs are able to essentially add an extra full-time staff member without having to dip into their budget.

The Competitive Enterprise Institute, which has led the way in obtaining records to uncover the activities across the country, filed the suit asking a judge to compel Racine’s office to fully comply with the requests made under the district’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), which closely mirrors the federal law of the same name.

Laws are for the little people.

RULES ARE FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE, AND SNITCHES GET STITCHES: HOW THINGS WORK IN BLUE CITIES. SF DA Gascón carried guns on planes, then whistle-blower was fired, suit says.

A former senior investigator says he was fired for blowing the whistle on his boss, San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón, who he alleged carried a gun while flying — in violation of federal law.

Gascón reacted with a “pattern of retaliation and harassment” that culminated in the termination of senior investigator Henry G. McKenzie on Oct. 30, 2017, according to the suit filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco.

In the Nov. 24 filing, McKenzie says that Gascón — who is also the city’s former police chief — took a gun on board commercial flights repeatedly after becoming D.A. in January 2012.

According to the suit, members of the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office Investigators Association, which included McKenzie, discussed the “need to blow the whistle” on Gascón’s potential criminal violations in early 2017.

Sometime that spring, an investigator in the district attorney’s office contacted the Transportation Security Administration to report Gascón’s alleged unlawful travel with a firearm.

“The issue is flying armed while not being a peace officer, and flying armed when there was no need to” for law enforcement purposes, McKenzie’s attorney, Fulvio Cajina, told us.

Under federal law, peace officers who are armed while traveling are required to state that they are doing so for good reason — a reason related to their work — under penalty of perjury. The investigators believed that, as district attorney, Gascón was no longer an active peace officer and had no need to travel with a gun.

In the months after the TSA was notified, five of the Investigators Association’s seven-member governing body were either terminated or reprimanded. In all, according to the suit, “nearly half of the district attorney’s investigative department — or about 14 staff members — “were either terminated or forced to resign under intense pressure within a five-month span,” the suit said.

Remember this when Democrats go on about gun control, or the rule of law.

LAWS ARE FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE:  Massachusetts Governor Ignores Court Order To Reinstate Gun Permits.

ACCOUNTABILITY IS FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE: Hide, deny, spin, threaten: How the school district tried to mask failures that led to Parkland shooting. Glad to see this coverage from the local media.

OF COURSE SHE DID.  STANDARDS ARE FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE:  Mazie Hirono Took Money From Democrat Who Admitted to Hitting Wife.

CONSEQUENCES ARE FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE: After Equifax’s mega-breach, nothing changed.

PRIVACY IS FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE: Exclusive: U.S. government seeks Facebook help to wiretap Messenger – sources. “The U.S. government is trying to force Facebook Inc (FB.O) to break the encryption in its popular Messenger app so law enforcement may listen to a suspect’s voice conversations in a criminal probe, three people briefed on the case said, resurrecting the issue of whether companies can be compelled to alter their products to enable surveillance.”

CONSEQUENCES ARE FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE: The IRS Has Rehired Hundreds of Fired Employees.

CONSEQUENCES ARE FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE: Joe Biden’s glamorous niece wins sweetheart plea deal and avoids jail after she faced felony charges for a $100,000 credit card scam.

J.D. TUCCILLE MAKES A DISCOVERY: Laws Are For The Little People.

LAWS ARE FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE (CONT’D): Border Protection says de Blasio crossed US-Mexico border illegally.

RULES ARE FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE: Rosie O’Donnell Donated over the Legal Limit to Democratic Candidates. “All told, O’Donnell gave a total of $5,400 over the legal limit to the five candidates, using five different New York addresses, and in the Post’s words, four variations of her name.”

Sounds like she knew exactly what she was doing.

DIVERSITY IS FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE: How an ultra-exclusive public school has avoided a citywide diversity push. “The children of Cynthia Nixon, Samantha Bee and Louis C.K. got into this popular public middle school, while hundreds of others are shut out every year. . . . One mother said that during an admissions interview, her daughter was asked what her parents did for a living.”

ACCOUNTABILITY IS FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE: Jonathan Turley: After The Inspector General Report, Questions Grow Over The Lack Of A Criminal Referral For McCabe.

LAWS ARE FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE: De Blasio aide busted with gun in car.

A $90,000-per-year director with Mayor de Blasio’s Office of Criminal Justice was arrested along with two men Saturday night in Queens after a loaded gun was found in their car — double-parked just blocks away from the scene of an earlier shooting, police said.

Reagan Stevens — the Office’s Deputy Director of Youth and Strategic Initiatives — was busted on two counts of criminal possession of a weapon after cops found the loaded 9mm gun in the glovebox of the 2002 Infiniti double-parked on the corner of 177th Street and 106th Avenue in Jamaica around 10:25 p.m., cops said.

A single shell casing was also found in the car, police sources said.

The gun seized from the Infiniti carries an eight-round clip, but only had three rounds in it when it was found, sources said.

The officers were scanning the area for suspicious activity after the NYPD’s ShotSpotter system detected five gunshots on nearby 109th Avenue around 10 p.m., authorities said.

Hmm. By the way, Post editors, it’s a “magazine,” not a “clip.”

Plus: “She has one prior arrest from 2015, which is sealed.”

CONSEQUENCES ARE FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE: NYPD chief’s son keeps job as cop despite getting busted for groping woman at Atlantic City casino.

RULES ARE FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE: Chicago officials caught short-circuiting required review of Obama Presidential Center.

STANDING UP FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE AS USUAL: NY Dem Rep. Maloney Has Stake in Company Notorious for Evicting Tenants.

THIS IS HOW CLINTONS THANK CALIFORNIA? Deadlines for disclosing charitable donations from governments are for the little people. More from master Clinton Foundation sleuth Charles Ortel. And he’s just getting warmed up. Things are about to get very hot on this front.

LAWS ARE FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE, OR THE UNPOPULAR: Clapper And Flynn: Is The Justice Department Adhering To A Double Standard On Perjury? Yes, yes it is.

LAWS ARE FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE: James Clapper avoids charges for ‘clearly erroneous’ surveillance testimony. By “clearly erroneous” they mean he lied to Congress about spying on Americans.

CONSISTENCY IS FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE:  Hillary Wants It Both Ways: Women Will Bear Brunt Of Climate Change But Blames Men For Campaign Loss.

TAXES ARE FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE: Tom Steyer, Anti-Trump Billionaire Who Wrote “Please Raise My Taxes” Oped, Has Multiple Tax Liens.

THIS STINKS TO HIGH HEAVEN: FBI ‘Failed To Preserve’ Five Months Of Text Messages Between Anti-Trump FBI Agents.

The FBI “failed to preserve” five months worth of text messages exchanged between Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, the two FBI employees who made pro-Clinton and anti-Trump comments while working on the Clinton email and the Russia collusion investigations.

The disclosure was made Friday in a letter sent by the Justice Department to the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC).

“The Department wants to bring to your attention that the FBI’s technical system for retaining text messages sent and received on FBI mobile devices failed to preserve text messages for Mr. Strzok and Ms. Page,” Stephen Boyd, the assistant attorney general for legislative affairs at the Justice Department, wrote to Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson, the chairman of HSGAC. (RELATED: FBI Agents Discussed ‘Insurance Policy’ Against Trump Win)

He said that texts are missing for the period between Dec. 14, 2016 and May 17, 2017.

There have been so many episodes like this where crucial evidence is “lost” that I don’t believe any of it anymore.

Related: NSA erased surveillance data related to pending lawsuits: Report.

Surveillance data the National Security Agency vowed to preserve related to pending lawsuits has been erased, and the agency did not take several precautions it told a federal court it would take to ensure the data did not get deleted, court filings reveal.

Top NSA officials should be jailed for contempt. But they won’t because the law is for the little people.

RESERVATIONS ARE FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE: Woman accuses United of giving her seat to Houston’s Sheila Jackson Lee. “A passenger on a flight from Houston to Washington D.C. has accused United Airlines of giving her first-class seat to U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee. D-Houston, and then threatening to remove her from the plane for complaining and snapping a photo of the Houston congresswoman. ‘It was just so completely humiliating,’ said Jean-Marie Simon, a 63-year-old attorney and private school teacher who used 140,000 miles on Dec. 3 to purchase the first-class tickets to take her from Washington D.C. to Guatemala and back home.”

Sheila Jackson Lee’s response is — wait for it, wait for it — that she’s a racist for complaining.

LAWS ARE FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE: David Brock May Be Illegally Funding An Effort To Impeach Trump.

TAXES ARE FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE: Howie Carr: Whiny Ivies apoplectic over endowment tax.

Ya think Harvard could afford $14 million?

After all, their trust-funded professors and legacies are always loftily lecturing the rest of us about how we must pay our “fair share.” It’s an “investment in the future.” And this would be their favorite kind of tax, one that’s imposed solely on the “one percenters” and their “unearned income.”

Not to mention, it’s “for the children.”

How many times do the swells quote Oliver Wendell Holmes that “taxes are the price we pay for civilization.”

The price we pay, apparently, not them.

As a famous man once said, at some point I think you’ve made enough money.

LAWS ARE FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE: Thompson Staffer Still Employed After Tax Conviction. “A spokesman for the Mississippi Democrat confirmed Thursday that Isaac Lanier Avant, who served as Thompson’s chief of staff, was still employed by the office. Asked if Avant would remain employed following the new charges relating to his security clearance form, the spokesman said he believed Thompson would be making a statement on the subject soon.”

LAWS ARE FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE: ATF Ran Illegal Mixed-Money Slush Fund For Years With Zero Oversight, Auditing, Or Punishment.

OBEYING THE LAW? THAT’S FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE! The IRS Is Mining Taxpayer Data On Social Media In Violation Of Federal Privacy Law.

YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE A CROOK TO BE NEW YORK’S ATTORNEY GENERAL. BUT YOU DON’T HAVE TO NOT BE A CROOK, EITHER. Schneiderman Used a Secret Alternate Email Address While Pursuing #ExxonKnew Crusade. “All of this occurred after Schneiderman’s office claimed that a search for personal email addresses was not necessary because their office has a policy that personal email is ‘prohibited.'”

Rules are for the little people.

ACCOUNTABILITY IS FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE: Hillary Clinton keeps security clearance, a year after FBI concluded she was reckless with secrets.

RULES ARE FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE: Thief Caroline Biden Going Scot-Free Takes Legalized Plunder to a New Low. “When you subsidize something, you will get more of it. When you shield people from any and all consequences of their behavior, you make them comfortable with repeating that behavior. And of course the Biden family is like this.”

RULES ARE FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE: Joe Biden’s niece dodges jail after $100K credit card scam.

Biden was also in Manhattan Criminal Court in 2014, on charges of resisting arrest, obstruction of justice and harassment stemming from a dustup with her Tribeca roommate.

In that case, the silver-spoon Georgetown University graduate was accused of taking a swing at a female cop who responded in Sept. 2013 to a drag out fight over unpaid rent between Biden and her roommate.

“I shouldn’t be handcuffed!” cops said Biden railed at the time. “You don’t know who you’re doing this to!”

She was given another sweetheart deal in that case: a promise that the charges would be dismissed if she stayed out of trouble for six months.

The charges were eventually dismissed and sealed.

Biden didn’t even have to show up in court to get that deal — her then-lawyer James Liguori told another Manhattan judge that she was serving her second rehab stint at Caron Renaissance Ocean Drive, a posh inpatient facility in Delray Beach, Fla.

Our ruling class.

TAXES ARE FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE: John Oliver’s Hypocritical Property Tax Scam.

LAWS ARE FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE, PART DEUX: Democrat operative with a mic line Bruce Springsteen didn’t pay taxes for many years.

LAWS ARE FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE, PART I: Comey Tells Congressional Panel: Classified Emails from Hillary’s Server Were Forwarded to Anthony Weiner.

DIVERSITY IS OUR STRENGTH FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE! Well-off liberals choose mostly white schools.

QUESTION ASKED: Why Isn’t Hillary Clinton in Jail?

Because laws are for the little people, and while Hillary might be many things, she certainly isn’t one of those.

BOB WOODWARD: Obama Officials Could Face Criminal Charges For Leaking Trump Surveillance:

The Washington Post’s Bob Woodward warned on Wednesday that there are people from the Obama administration who could be facing criminal charges for unmasking the names of Trump transition team members from surveillance of foreign officials.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., said earlier that he had briefed Trump on new information, unrelated to an investigation into Russian activities, that suggested that several members of Trump’s transition team and perhaps Trump himself had their identities “unmasked” after their communications were intercepted by U.S. intelligence officials.

The revelation is notable because identities of Americans are generally supposed to remain “masked” if American communications are swept up during surveillance of foreign individuals.

Laws are for the little people. But Obama officials are little people now.

WHEN YOU HAVE THE WORST RULING CLASS IN YOUR HISTORY, NO INSTITUTION IS IMMUNE FOREVER: Elite Moral Decline Affecting Military.

As ethical standards slide across the American political system, the country has come to depend more and more on the integrity of its people in uniform. But the military cannot be immune to the cultural slide away from the higher moral standards of past generations.

The overwhelming majority of men and women in the U.S. military who hold themselves to the highest personal and professional standards. But over time those numbers will decrease—unless American society as a whole can recover the moral balance that was once a defining characteristic of this country.

We cannot walk away from the moral and spiritual foundations of American greatness without losing our freedom and power and wealth. It is clear enough today that from the White House down, too many people in public life are unwilling to make the sacrifices and enforce the standards that a free society demands.

Well, the “White House” in question here wasn’t the Trump White House, but rather one based in the the “rules are for the little people” environment that we’ve known for so long.

And note that the wrongdoers are members of the “intelligence community.”

DID ERIC HOLDER COMMIT PERJURY?

So the issue is rather squarely posed: Holder testified that he had never “been involved in” or even “heard of” any “potential prosecution of the press for the disclosure of material.” And yet, he participated in “extensive deliberations,” “discussed” and approved of the filing of an application for a search warrant that specifically represented to the court that a reporter has “potential criminal liability in this matter.” It is hard to imagine a more direct contradiction.

To be fair, laws are for the little people.

ACCOUNTABILITY IS FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE: EPA Employees Spend $15k in Government Money on Gym Memberships.

ABOLISH THE ATF: A.T.F. Filled Secret Bank Account With Millions From Shadowy Cigarette Sales. “Working from an office suite behind a Burger King in southern Virginia, operatives used a web of shadowy cigarette sales to funnel tens of millions of dollars into a secret bank account. They weren’t known smugglers, but rather agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The operation, not authorized under Justice Department rules, gave agents an off-the-books way to finance undercover investigations and pay informants without the usual cumbersome paperwork and close oversight, according to court records and people close to the operation.”

Laws and rules are for the little people.

ACCOUNTABILITY IS FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE: It’s Unbelievably Hard to Get the Government to Pay to Fix Your Car After it Hits a Pothole.

LAWS ARE FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE: Boston City Councillor Tito Jackson’s car fines since 2010 total more than $4G.

WAIT, HAS NOBODY EXPLAINED TO HIM THAT ACCOUNTABILITY IS FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE? Trump Admin to hold EPA accountable for massive toxic river spill.

TAXES ARE FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE: House lawmaker’s chief of staff gets prison time for not paying taxes.

The chief of staff to Mississippi Democratic Rep. Bennie Thompson was sentenced to four months in prison for failing to file an individual income tax return for five years, the Justice Department said Tuesday.

Issac Lanier Avant of Arlington, Va., will serve his time in a nonstandard manner, putting in 30 days first then serving every weekend in prison for 12 months – the total of which is four months. Avant will then spend one year on probation and have to pay $149,962 to the Internal Revenue Service in restitution. It’s unclear whether he will remain a top aide to Thompson.

Avant has worked in the House of Representatives as a chief of staff for 15 years. In December 2006, he was given the additional role of Democratic staff director for the House Homeland Security Committee. He did not file taxes from 2009 to 2013 when he earned more than $165,000. In total, the IRS lost $153,522, according to the Justice statement.

His federal income taxes were not withheld those years because he had improperly submitted a form to his employer in 2005 claiming he was exempt.

Uh huh.

TRANSPARENCY: Obama’s Science Officer Defies Court, Keeps Private Emails Secret.

A federal appeals court ruled in July 2016 that Holdren must release to a lower magistrate all work-related emails on the account. The emails are being sought by the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), a free-market nonprofit foundation.

White House officials told the court there are no undisclosed work-related emails, but CEI disputes that contention. (RELATED: DOE Does Little To Stop Senior Officials From Using Private Emails)

“CEI contends that OSTP is attempting to re-litigate the issue on which it already lost in the circuit,” CEI said in a statement Wednesday. “Moreover, OSTP’s has provided no reason to believe that Holdren has in fact forwarded all of his relevant private emails.”

Laws are for the little people — at least until January 20.

RULES ARE FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE: Flashback: Schumer calls flight attendant who told him to turn off cell phone ‘bitch.’

TAXES ARE FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE: Thompson Staffer Pleads Guilty: Isaac Lanier Avant claimed he was exempt from income tax.

Rep. Bennie Thompson’s chief of staff Isaac Lanier Avant has pleaded guilty for failing to file tax returns for five years.

Avant claimed in 2005 that he was exempt from paying income tax. Avant earned $165,000 between 2008 and 2013, the five years that he did not file timely tax returns

In addition, Avant filed returns with false deductions in 2006 and 2007, according to the Clarion-Ledger.

Guess which party Bennie Thompson belongs to, since the story doesn’t say. Right you are!

RULES ARE FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE: Hillary sent classified information to Chelsea.

DINESH D’SOUZA GOT JAIL TIME FOR MUCH LESS: Boston law firm accused of massive straw-donor scheme.

Hillary Clinton’s campaign is returning thousands of dollars in donations linked to what may be one of the largest straw-donor schemes ever uncovered.

A small law firm that has given money to Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Sen. Harry Reid, President Obama and many others is accused of improperly funneling millions of dollars into Democratic Party coffers. The program was exposed by the Center for Responsive Politics and the same team of Boston Globe investigative reporters featured in the movie “Spotlight.”

The Thornton Law Firm has just 10 partners, but dollar for dollar, it’s one of the nation’s biggest political donors, reports CBS News correspondent Tony Dokoupil.

But according to the firm’s own documents – leaked by a whistleblower — days or even hours after making these donations, partners received bonuses matching the amount they gave.

“Once the law firm knew that we had these records, they didn’t deny that this was the case,” said Scott Allen, Boston Globe’s Spotlight editor.

“If you give a donation and then somebody else reimburses you for that contribution, that is a clear violation of the spirit and the letter of the law at the state and federal levels,” Allen added.

Laws are for the little people. And Republicans, like D’Souza.

IF BIDEN WAS A REPUBLICAN, LATE NIGHT COMEDIANS WOULD MOVE IN LOCKSTEP TO MAKE THIS A RECURRING, GERALD FORD OR DICK CHENEY-STYLE JOKE: Once again, Joe Biden’s motorcade has an accident. This time, vehicle in his motorcade hits three cars in Wilmington, Delaware.

Earlier (and not necessarily a complete list!):

● “Two Secret Service employees driving along the Suitland Parkway struck and killed a man early Wednesday morning in the vehicles the agency uses to transport Vice President Joe Biden.”

The Hill, November 11, 2009.

● “A Bernalillo County Sheriff’s deputy escorting Vice President Joe Biden’s motorcade was hit this afternoon at Gibson and Carlisle.”

Albuquerque Journal, November 16, 2009.

● “A police car assisting Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s motorcade collided with another vehicle on the West Side of Manhattan on Tuesday as Mr. Biden was on his way to…a taping of ‘The Daily Show With Jon Stewart,’ which is recorded at a studio on 11th Avenue near West 52nd Street….Two officers and the driver of the livery cab were taken to a hospital with neck and back injuries, the police said. None of the injuries were serious.”

—The New York Times, November 17, 2009.

● “Peggy Fleming hurt in Biden motorcade crash, former Olympian Vonetta Flowers also slightly injured, VP’s office says.”

—NBC, February 14, 2010.

● “Part of a motorcade escorting Vice President Joe Biden was involved in a minor accident Thursday while traveling in Queens, N.Y., WNBC-TV reported. Two officers with the New York Police Department motorcycle unit sustained minor injuries during the incident and were undergoing treatment at a local hospital, according to the report. Biden was not delayed by the accident, who met with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg earlier Thursday.”

—The New York Post, August 5, 2010.

“Joe Biden Motorcade Van Hits San Francisco Police Motorcycle.”

SF Weekly, October 14, 2014.

● “NYPD officer injured in Vice President Joe Biden’s motorcade.

— AP, September 11, 2015.

“Detroit police officer serving on VP Joe Biden’s motorcade injured in motorcycle accident near I-94.”

—WXYZ-Detroit, September 17, 2015.

As James Joyner of Outside the Beltway wrote in November of 2010 after a Forbes columnist wrote a piece satirically asking, “Strip Joe Biden of His Motorcade?” “Do I think the vice president should be stripped of his motorcade privileges?  No.  For one thing, I’m pretty sure Joe Biden wasn’t driving any of the cars in question, so it’s unreasonable to blame him. And, despite my general distaste for VIP motorcades and the inconveniences they pose for The Little People, there are legitimate security concerns for someone in Biden’s position. But there is something odd going on here.  At very least, an investigation ought to be launched to figure out why this is happening.”

Fortunately for Biden, his boss’s administration had much more pressing scandals to cover up over the years.

GANGSTER GOVERNMENT: More Evidence Reveals Obama Influenced Clinton’s FBI Investigation.

In an interview with Fox News this past April, President Obama asserted that he did not put pressure on the FBI’s criminal investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server. “I guarantee that there is no political influence in any investigation conducted by the Justice Department, or the FBI—not just in this case but in any case,” he said. There is now mounting evidence suggesting Obama’s claim was false.

“Newly disclosed emails show top Obama Administration officials were in close contact with Hillary Clinton’s nascent presidential campaign in early 2015 about the potential fallout from revelations that the former secretary of state used a private email server,” reported Bryon Tau for The Wall Street Journal on October 7. The emails were obtained by the Republican National Committee through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit requesting those records.

A few months before White House Communications Director Jennifer Palmieri went to work for her campaign, emails show her in damage control for Clinton as early as 2015, when news first broke that Clinton’s private server existed. In one chain of emails between Palmieri and State Department spokeswoman Jennifer Psaki, Palmieri asked Psaki to ensure that Secretary of State John Kerry wasn’t asked about Clinton’s private email server during an upcoming CBS interview. “Good to go on killing CBS idea,” Psaki responded back to Palmieri, according to the Journal, adding, “going to hold on any other TV options just given the swirl of crap out there.”

In March 2015, The New York Times reported that Obama said he didn’t know Clinton was using a private email address. That turned out to be false, as the second FBI report on their investigation into Clinton’s private server revealed that the president used a pseudonym in email communications with her. “How is this not classified?” Clinton aide Huma Abedin asked the FBI during their interview.

Laws are for the little people.

VULNERABILITY IS FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE: Noted Strict Gun Law Advocate Kim Kardashian Ramps Up Armed Personal Security.

I’M OLD ENOUGH TO REMEMBER WHEN DEMOCRATS THREATENED TO TRY W AS A WAR CRIMINAL AND “FROG MARCH” KARL ROVE TO PRISON: Donald Trump threatens to lock up Hillary Clinton.

If that exchange took place in a foreign country, American diplomats would be denouncing it. It ought to be regarded as the evening’s most important moment, and its most shameful: the violation of a democratic principle that distinguishes free polities from authoritarian ones. . . .

All the same, it was a telling, lamentable milestone in America’s politics. Mr Trump had already set new lows in decency, honesty and intellectual incoherence. With his threats against Mrs Clinton he took a step down a dark road that every American should renounce.

It’s not that they’re wrong, it’s that their outrage is inevitably selective. Also, while we’re talking about banana republic stuff, note that while Trump made a threat, Hillary actually saw a filmmaker jailed in order to support a political narrative. I don’t recall The Economist speaking so strongly about that. . . .

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UPDATE: Scott Shackford: Trump’s Call for Clinton’s Prosecution Is Only Deemed ‘Outrageous’ Because of the Target: The nominee can protect herself with ease. What about everyday Americans?

This exchange has led to “Oh my God, Trump wants to jail his political enemies, and this is further proof he wants to turn America into a banana republic” punditry and some analysis of how a president might be able to abuse executive power.

I have absolutely no doubt that Trump idolizes strongman-style leaders. He’s made it abundantly clear that he cares only about “getting things done” and has no concern—or even grasp—of the limitations of the president.

Nevertheless, the pearl-clutching response to this deliberately ignores the very real anger over how Clinton seems to have been treated differently by the same Department of Justice that tends to throw the book at “normal” Americans. In actuality, even Trump knows full well he can’t just send Clinton to a prison cell. He said he’s going to investigate her. He believes she’ll end up in jail as a result of this investigation. And as Jacob Sullum noted earlier, Clinton remains remarkably insouciant about the reality of how potentially serious her private email server scandal was.

Lost in the massive media blitz that began on Friday over Trump’s disgusting way of talking about women was the fact that Jeffrey Hurant, the CEO of gay escort site Rentboy.com, would plead guilty to federal charges of promoting prostitution and would not appeal the government’s demand that he fork over $10 million in revenue the site had earned.

Hurant is not accused of doing anything more than facilitating consensual sexual contact between men. When the Department of Homeland Security first helped the New York Police shut them down, there was no evidence of human trafficking or nonconsensual activity. But they were also making a lot of money, and that’s exactly what the government jumped at, immediately attempting to seize Rentboy’s profits. And they’ve succeeded.

Why is there more outrage about Trump wanting to have Clinton investigated by the Department of Justice than there is about how the DOJ and federal government treats everybody else?

Laws are for the little people. Trump was threatening one of the Big People, which is why the other Big People and their hangers-on are so upset.

RULES ARE FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE: FBI Gotcha: Hillary told State Department employees not to use personal emails.

GOVERNMENT: Amid California drought, Los Angeles water department waters fake grass. “The seemingly superfluous watering has angered neighbors who say they’ve taken pains to reduce their own water use amid the threat of citations. The DWP has stepped up its enforcement against heavy water users this year, issuing more than two dozen financial penalties to homeowners in the first four months of the year, according to reports.”

Rules are for the little people.

TAXES ARE FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE: Hillary’s friends profit from the death tax she avoids.

It’s almost as though the death tax was just a scheme for fancy lawyers and accountants to help the well-connected protect their assets while preening about their moral superiority.

LAWS ARE FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE: Congressional Staffer Charged With Failure To File Tax Returns On $170,000 Salary For Five Years. “According to the criminal information and affidavit, Isaac Lanier Avant of Arlington, Virginia, is a staff member employed by the U.S. House of Representatives since approximately 2002. For tax years 2009 through 2013, Avant earned annual wages of over $170,000, but did not timely file a personal income tax return for any of those years. In May 2005, Avant filed a form with his employer that falsely claimed he was exempt from federal income taxes.”

Plus: “Oddly, the DOJ press release does not name Avant’s employer: Bennie Thompson (D-MS).”

DON’T THEY KNOW THAT ACCOUNTABILITY IS FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE? Roll Call: Freedom Caucus’ Jordan Eyes Another Push to Oust IRS Chief.

Rep. Jim Jordan and other conservatives are reviving efforts to press the House to impeach IRS Commissioner John Koskinen as the embattled agency head tries to woo Democrats and undecided Republicans.

The Ohio Republican, chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, said in an interview that he and other allies were weighing the use of procedural tactics similar to the July bid by Louisiana GOP Rep. John Fleming to bring up an impeachment resolution as a privileged measure bypassing committee consideration. The measure calls for formal impeachment of Koskinen for misstatements and a failure to cooperate with a House investigation of the IRS’ handling of tax-exempt status requests from conservative groups.

Well, with even Larry Tribe saying the IRS was guilty of “inexcusable abuse” here, it’s not crazy.

OF COURSE HE DID. INTELLECTUAL CONSISTENCY IS FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE: EXPOSED: ‘Climate crusader’ California governor Jerry Brown took huge sums of money from “big oil”.

BECAUSE LAWS ARE FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE: Why Should Malia Obama Face No Consequences, and a Poor Black Kid Face Jail?

LAWS ARE FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE: GAO Report: The ATF Is Illegally Hoarding American Gun Owners’ Personal Information.

JOURNALISM: Richmond Times-Dispatch fires food critic after plagiarism spree.

UPDATE: A reader emails: “Too bad about the plagiarizing food critic losing her job. Elizabeth Warren plagiarized a crab dip recipe for ‘Powwow Chow’ and ended up as a Harvard Law prof. and a United States Senator. Ethics are for the little people.”

LAWS ARE FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE: Harry Reid admits to violating election law, but FEC won’t prosecute.

The Federal Election Commission, which considered legal action against former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee for joking about fundraising, won’t punish Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid for admitting to violating an election law.

The reason: It’s not worth the effort.

The agency voted 4-0 against pursuing action after FEC lawyers wrote a four-page memo that said Reid’s fundraising committee admitted to failing to comply with an election law requirement, but that it wasn’t worth the time or money to prosecute.

Boy, people in the government sure reach that conclusion a lot when powerful Democrats are involved.

LAWS ARE FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE: Obama won’t punish HUD chief Castro for giving partisan interview.

President Obama won’t discipline Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julián Castro for violating a rule prohibiting federal officials from making personal political statements while presenting themselves in an official capacity.

The White House confirmed on Tuesday that Castro, who has been mentioned as a possible running mate for presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, won’t face any punishment after he apologized for breaching the Hatch Act during an April interview with Yahoo News’s Katie Couric.

And only the little people.

LAWS ARE FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE: CA Lawmakers Quietly Exempt Themselves From Gun Laws.

(Via Maggie’s Farm.)

LAWS ARE FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE (CONT’D): Nancy Pelosi blows off traffic laws — to shop at shoe store!

GANGSTER GOVERNMENT: Huma Abedin admits that Clinton burned daily schedules.

Hillary Clinton’s closest aide revealed in a deposition last week that her boss destroyed at least some of her schedules as secretary of state — a revelation that could complicate matters for the presumptive Democratic nominee, who, along with the State Department she ran, is facing numerous lawsuits seeking those public records.

Huma Abedin was deposed in connection with a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit into Clinton’s emails — but her admission could be relevant to another lawsuit seeking Clinton’s schedules.

“If there was a schedule that was created that was her Secretary of State daily schedule, and a copy of that was then put in the burn bag, that . . . that certainly happened on . . . on more than one occasion,” Abedin told lawyers representing Judicial Watch, the conservative organization behind the emails lawsuit.

Abedin made the surprising admission in response to a question about document destruction at the Department of State. A lawyer for Judicial Watch asked: “And during your tenure at the State Department, were you aware of your obligation not to delete federal records or destroy federal records?” . . .

A former State Department official told The Post it was unprecedented for a diplomat to destroy a schedule like this.

“I spent eight years at the State Department and watched as four US ambassadors and two secretaries of state shared their daily schedules with a variety of State Department employees and US officials,” said Richard Grenell, former diplomat and US spokesman at the United Nations.

“I’ve never seen anyone put their schedule in the burn bag — because every one of them had a state.gov email address and therefore their daily schedules became public records, as required by law.”

Laws are for the little people.