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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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.”

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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. . . .

protectanddefend

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.

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).”

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.

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.

LAWS ARE FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE: Hillary’s latest shower of email shoes.

WHO CARES? LAWS ARE FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE AFTER ALL: How EmailGate Weakened America’s National Security.

LAWS ARE FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE: Instant Document Destruction At The IRS?

Has the Internal Revenue Service been systematically evading federal record-keeping laws? On Monday the Cause of Action Institute sued the IRS and commissioner John Koskinen for refusing to preserve electronic employee communications that concern official business.

Cause of Action says that in 2010 the IRS struck a little-noticed agreement with the National Treasury Employees Union not to record employees’ instant messages. The watchdog group also says that in response to its Freedom of Information Act requests for text messages sent by senior IRS officials, the agency replied that due to “routine system housekeeping” and “spacing constraints,” IRS text messages are retained for only 14 days before they are deleted.

Both actions appear to violate the Federal Records Act that requires agencies to preserve all relevant documents. The agency says it retains emails, at least those that don’t disappear in mysterious computer crashes. But if employees can send text messages and not save them, they can avoid records retention. “No agreement with a union or any other party can supersede Americans’ right to know how the IRS makes decisions,” says Cause of Action. “In addition, the IRS is violating the law by regularly deleting all employee text messages as a matter of convenience.”

The IRS says in a statement that, “Developing appropriate instant messaging policy is a challenge for all federal agencies,” adding that email should be used for official business. We wonder if taxpayers can use that explanation when failing to document income.

Only if they’re Clintons.

LAWS ARE FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE: Corrupt Feedback Loops: Justice Dept. Extortion.

LAWS ARE FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE: Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy called the Gold King Mine Disaster in Colordao last August an “unfortunate accident.” Actually, the disaster, which polluted drinking water in three states and the Navajo Nation and turned the Animas River yellow for weeks, was anything but an accident.

The disaster was the direct result of EPA incompetence, according to the Daily Caller News Foundation Investigative Group’s Ethan Barton and TheDCNF Energy Group’s Michael Bastasch. The B&B Boys turned up an Aug.7, 2o15, email from the Bureau of Land Management’s Brent Lewis to colleagues in which he said he was told by EPA:

“The EPA’s plan was to slowly drain and treat enough mine water in order to access the inner mine working and assess options for controlling its discharge. While removing small portions of the natural plug, the material catastrophically gave-way and released the mine water.”

The core of EPA’s incompetence was they knew the abandoned mine’s millions of gallons of toxic wastewater was under pressure, but they failed to have on hand the proper equipment to contain and direct the resulting flow when they unplugged it. But don’t expect there to be any consequences such as lost jobs for anybody at EPA because that’s not how the federal bureaucracy works.

Even so, this isn’t going to get any better for EPA because Barton and Bastasch have more stories on this massive screwup coming for the next several days. And it appears Rep. Rob Bishop, R-UT, and his staff investigators for the House Committee on Natural Resources have done some deep mining of their own. Stay tuned.

 

 

LAWS ARE FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE: The Obama Administration’s Idea of a Crime…

LAWS ARE FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE: One of President Reagan’s least-heralded but significant reforms was passage of the 1984 law that put an expiration date on the excessively generous and immensely costly Civil Service Retirement System for federal workers. That law said all employees hired on or after Jan. 1, 1984, would be covered by the then-new Federal Employee Retirement System. Where the CSRS was a defined benefit program, the FERS is a defined contribution program that makes the employee a genuine participant in his or her retirement planning.

So what’s the news here now 32 years later? The 1984 law required federal agencies to fully fund their employees’ pensions, just like the private sector has been required to do for decades. But, as the Daily Caller News Foundation Investigative Group’s Katie Watson reports today, agencies have ignored the law with the tacit consent of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, which oversees both CSRS and FERS.

“For years, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has been taking tax dollars from the U.S. Treasury to fund a growing gap in retirement payments … The OPM funded $23 billion, or 28 percent of all payments in fiscal year 2015, in that manner,” according to Watson. The federal pension system, by the way, is the fourth largest such benefit program in the entire world!

And OPM has been doing it for so long that the pension gap – the amount required to fully fund present and projected benefits versus how much has actually been set aside for that purpose – is now estimated at $1 trillion.  “The taxpayers are being hosed,” former federal internal auditor Tom McKinney told Watson. McKinney analyzed the federal pension system for Truth In Accounting, a non-profit group pushing for honest accounting of federal spending and debt.

LAWS ARE FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE. THIS IS ABOUT SOCIAL JUSTICE! WVU opens gender neutral bathrooms, ignores handicap accessibility laws. Also, some victim groups are more equal than others.

LAWS ARE FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE: US Attorney declines prosecution of former VA execs.

Federal prosecutors have decided not to press criminal charges against two former executives at the Department of Veterans Affairs who were accused of manipulating the agency’s hiring system for their own gain.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia said Thursday it has declined a referral from the VA inspector general for criminal prosecution of Diana Rubens and Kimberly Graves.

The inspector general said in a report this fall that Rubens and Graves forced lower-ranking regional managers to accept job transfers against their will. Rubens and Graves then stepped into the vacant positions themselves, keeping their pay while reducing their responsibilities.

Rubens had been earning $181,497 as director of the Philadelphia regional office for the Veterans Benefits Administration, while Graves earned $173,949 as leader of the St. Paul, Minnesota, regional office. Before taking the regional jobs, Rubens was a deputy undersecretary at the VA’s Washington headquarters, while Graves was director of VBA’s 14-state North Atlantic Region.

Rubens and Graves were accused of obtaining more than $400,000 in questionable moving expenses through a relocation program for VA executives, the inspector general’s report said.

The U.S. Attorney’s office said it has “referred the matter to the VA for any administrative action that is deemed appropriate.”

Rubens and Graves were demoted in November, but their demotions were rescinded this month after a paperwork mix-up.

Tar. Feathers.

LAWS ARE FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE: Ispector General: IRS Improperly Withheld Information From Taxpayer FOIA Requests 12% Of The Time.

TIGTA reviewed a statistically valid sample of 65 information requests from a population of 2,809 FOIA/Privacy Act information requests and found eight (12.3 percent) for which the IRS improperly withheld information from the requestors. The IRS also improperly withheld information for four (7.3 percent) of the 55 I.R.C. § 6103 information requests reviewed. Although the IRS properly released thousands of pages from these documents, taxpayer rights still may have been violated because some information was erroneously withheld. In addition, TIGTA found that the Disclosure Office does not have direct control over how other IRS functions process I.R.C. § 6103 information requests, nor does it regularly assess the quality of disclosure responses throughout the IRS.

It’s as if they don’t want you to know what they’re doing.

RUNNING OUT OF OTHER PEOPLE’S MONEY: Illinois Lottery Can’t Pay Off Big Winners But It Is Still Selling Tickets. Quoth one unpaid winner: “If I was the one selling raffle tickets and I didn’t pay, I would be sued or in jail or both.” Laws are for the little people.

KEN CUCCINELLI: “Yes, Hillary Clinton Broke the Law.”

Since there has been much evasion and obfuscation about Hillary Rodham Clinton’s email use, it seems appropriate to step back and simply review what we know in light of the law. It’s also instructive to compare Clinton’s situation to arguably the most famous case of our time related to the improper handling of classified materials, namely, the case of Gen. David Petraeus.

Instead of turning his journals — so-called “black books” — over to the Defense Department or CIA when he left either of those organizations, Petraeus kept them at his home — an unsecure location — and provided them to his paramour/biographer, Paula Broadwell, at another private residence. . . . On April 23, Petraeus pled guilty to a single misdemeanor charge of unauthorized removal and retention of classified documents or materials under 18 USC §1924. Many in the intelligence community were outraged at the perceived “slap on the wrist” he received, at a time when the Justice Department was seeking very strong penalties against lesser officials for leaks to the media.

According to the law, there are five elements that must be met for a violation of the statute, and they can all be found in section (a) of the statute: “(1) Whoever, being an officer, employee, contractor, or consultant of the United States, and, (2) by virtue of his office, employment, position, or contract, becomes possessed of documents or materials containing classified information of the United States, (3) knowingly removes such documents or materials (4) without authority and (5) with the intent to retain such documents or materials at an unauthorized location [shall be guilty of this offense].” . . .

While it’s possible for a private residence to be an “authorized” location, and it’s also possible for non-government servers and networks to be “authorized” to house and transfer classified materials, there are specific and stringent requirements to achieve such status. Simply being secretary of state didn’t allow Clinton to authorize herself to deviate from the requirements of retaining and transmitting classified documents, materials and information.

There is no known evidence that her arrangement to use the private email server in her home was undertaken with proper authority. . . The intent required is only to undertake the action, i.e., to retain the classified documents and materials in the unauthorized fashion addressed in this statute. That’s it.

But of course laws are for the little people, or at least (in the case of Petraeus), people whom the Obama Administration finds inconvenient or threatening.

EMAIL SCANDAL UPDATE: Former CIA spy on Clinton emails: ‘You and I would get fired and possibly jailed’ for this.

If Hillary Clinton allowed classified information onto her private server or personal phone, she should be disqualified from becoming president, former CIA spy Bob Baer said Saturday.

Baer, a former CIA officer and commentator on national security issues, said that sending or receiving top secret information is a “transgression that I don’t think the president of the United States should be allowed to have committed.”

In an interview with CNN International, Baer claimed that the markings on emails believed to have crossed the private server Clinton maintained as secretary of state represented the highest levels of secrecy in the government.

“You don’t get any more secret than that,” he said.

“Even Snowden didn’t get into that,” Baer said. “If this in fact was on a private server, you and I would get fired and possibly jailed. This could be a felony.”

Baer said that when he was on assignment, he wasn’t allowed to receive messages at that level of classification, and that putting it on a private server or handheld device was a major mistake.

“If this was on her server and it got into her smartphone, there’s a big problem there,” he claimed. “Seriously, if I had sent a document like this over the open Internet, I’d get fired the same day — escorted to the door, and gone for good, and probably charged with mishandling classified information.”

Laws are for the little people.

JOE SCARBOROUGH: Hillary Clinton Isn’t the Only One Who Should Be Facing Charges. “Joe Scarborough blasted not only Hillary Clinton, but the entire federal law enforcement community under Obama, charging that they gave the former sec. of State special treatment by allowing the ‘unprecedented’ mishandling of classified documents.”

Related, from Ross Douthat in the NYT:

And here I’m afraid that I am a bit cynical: While the email scandal is a serious business, I simply do not believe that the Obama Justice Department is going to indict the former secretary of state and Democratic front-runner for mishandling classified information, even if the offenses involved would have sunk a lesser figure’s career or landed her in jail.

Laws are for the little people.

LAWS ARE FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE: The government’s nonchalant response to Hillary’s security breaches. “[Petraeus] was tarred, feathered and ridden out of the CIA on a rail for sharing some information (his own notebook) with his biographer who was both in the military and had a top secret clearance. Yet, Petraeus did not have a secret server set up to house his classified and top secret information or digital satellite imagery; he destroyed nothing; and, there was no ‘leak.'”

Also: The government’s nonchalant response to Hillary’s security breaches, Part Two.

The Obama administration’s nonchalant response to Hillary Clinton’s mishandling of sensitive, classified, and even top secret information extends to its treatment of her lawyers. The Justice Department allowed emails and other sensitive information from Clinton’s server to remain in her lawyers’ hands even though they lack the requisite security clearances.

Now, finally, the Justice Department has taken possession of the thumb drive containing work emails that Clinton’s personal attorney David Kendall improperly held. Yet its nonchalance persists.

Ask yourself what the government would be doing in response to this security breach if the lawyer and the law firm in question weren’t well-connected and Democrat-leaning. A friend (formerly an attorney with a big firm) suggests that the government would be demanding the following, and more:

– Names of all Williams & Connolly personnel who had any role in the review of Clinton’s emails with a listing (by date and/or other identifier) of emails, and names of all persons with whom the reviewing personnel discussed the contents of those emails.

– All computers that any time contained on their hard drives any Clinton documents or material related thereto.

– All paper documents related to the review of Clinton’s documents, including all handwritten notes.

– All precautions Williams & Connolly took to ensure the confidentiality of documents turned over by Clinton and related documents.

Cheryl Mills is represented by another big, well-connected law firm — Paul, Weiss (where Secretary of the DHS Jeh Johnson was a partner). Mills provided its lawyers with emails that likely contain sensitive and perhaps classified (or even top secret) information. Paul, Weiss should also be subject to the procedures described above.

Read the whole thing.

LAWS ARE FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE: Obama Administration Refuses To Follow Law Banning Government Contracts To Companies Who Engaged In Tax Inversions. And notice how quick President Goldman Sachs is to protect the fatcats’ interests when it matters.

LAWS ARE FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE: Scooby hits the road at 92 MPH! Secret Service zooms Hillary to dinner through driving rain following secret afternoon house party. To be fair, if I were driving Hillary around I’d be in a hurry to reach the destination too.

LAWS ARE FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE: WRONG WAY RAHM: Mayor’s SUV Runs More Red Lights, Drives Wrong Way, City Cameras Show.

UH HUH: Eleanor Holmes Norton Has History of Bad Parking Jobs.

Perusing the now-viral video HOH posted of the 13-term lawmaker struggling to negotiate an angled Capitol Hill parking spot jarred the memory of a tipster who recalled a more appalling run-in that happened nearly a decade earlier.

Per our source, a seemingly average winter day in 2006 took a turn for the worse once Norton showed up on the scene.

“I was standing on the corner waiting to cross the street of 12th and G St. NW in DC when a car pulled up and parked right in front of me,” the tipster recounted via email.

“The car didn’t just block me from crossing, it completely blocked the handicap ramp,” the stunned observer said of the brazen motorist who nonchalantly mounted the curb that February morning.

No longer able to continue along his intended path, the tipster stayed put until the driver emerged from the shoddily stationed vehicle.

“I recognized the person as soon as she came out and started to walk across the street,” the onlooker stated. He was rather shocked when Norton popped out and hustled across the way.

“As she continued walking several people recognized her and she waved back as she went inside the Hecht Co. which is now Macys,” the source said of the purported Presidents Day shopping trip (per the time stamp on the tipster’s vintage photos).

What was even more bizarre, at least to the tipster, was that no one else seemed to bat an eyelash.

“There was a female meter/ticket person standing near me and when I looked at her she shrugged and shook her head and did nothing,” our source said of the disinterest paid to the glaringly obvious parking violation.

Laws are for the little people.

LAWS ARE FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE: Federal judge tells CFPB it must give depositions even if doing so ‘annoys.’ “A federal judge forced the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to obey the same rules of discovery in civil litigation that apply to everybody else even if government officials are annoyed by them. . . . Tucker suggested that CFPB’s aggressiveness may be a result of having ‘more junior staff attorneys [who] may be less experienced. In addition, some staffers are relative newcomers to consumer financial services issues.'” I suspect that they’re entitled Obamabots who just think the rules don’t apply to them.

LAWS ARE FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE: IRS Bosses Rating Agents According To Audit Quotas Even Though That’s Illegal.

Plus: “A growing number of tax agency bosses are declining to verify whether IRS employees are using discrimination or intimidation in their dealings with taxpayers.”

LAWS ARE FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE: UAW decides to skip election and form union at VW anyway.

LAWS ARE FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE: Consumer Financial Protection Pulls an IRS, ‘Loses’ Documentation.

According to a report issued by the Inspector General for the Board of Governors and subsequently released by the House Financial Services Committee on Oversight and Investigations, the CFPB not only failed to secure funding approval, but the report also concludes that the entire project of renovating the CFPB headquarters in Washington, D.C., has “no sound basis” at all. With updated costs calculated, the project is expected to total $215 million dollars, amounting to $120 million dollars in excessive spending.

CFPB did not even follow its own guidelines for obtaining approval for the renovation, and incredibly, the Inspector General was unable to locate any documentation on the actual decision to renovate the bureau’s headquarters, whatsoever.

It’s just a criminal conspiracy with the power to tax.

LAWS ARE FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE: Democratic candidate accused of unequal pay demands equal pay. “In a new campaign ad, New Mexico Attorney General Gary King claims he will demand equal pay for women in the state. The thing is, three years ago King was accused of pay discrimination by female lawyers in his office. Not only that, but King’s opponent, Republican Gov. Susana Martinez, signed an equal pay bill into law last year.”

Well, no worse than the Obama White House going on about equal pay while paying women less.

LAWS ARE FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE: Uh oh: Looks like the IRS violated federal tax law.

According to documents recently obtained by House investigators, the Internal Revenue Service may have been caught violating federal tax law when the agency allegedly transferred confidential information pertaining to a number of 501(c)(4) groups to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

According to a report from the National Review‘s Eliana Johnson, the “information was transmitted in advance of former IRS official Lois Lerner’s meeting the same month with Justice Department officials about the possibility of using campaign-finance laws to prosecute certain nonprofit groups.”

Among the emails uncovered by House investigators is a conversation between Lerner and Richard Pilger, the director of the Justice Department’s election-crimes branch, in which Lerner confirms that she is preparing data for transfer to the FBI.

I guess we know why she took the Fifth now.

LAWS ARE FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE (CONT’D): Democrats Persist in Illegal Use of Capitol Visitor Center.

LAWS ARE FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE: Law-Flouting David Gregory of NBC Parks Illegally Outside Fancy D.C. Jewelry Shop. Hey, if he’s willing to commit a gun felony on broadcast TV. . . .

LAWS ARE FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE: Rahm’s motorcade caught on video speeding near school zones.

No word yet if Rahm was videotaped zooming alongside fellow Democrats Bill de Blasio and Jon Corzine

ISN’T THIS, YOU KNOW, ILLEGAL? Viagra-Laced Ice Cream. “Created by self-proclaimed “edible inventor” Charlie Harry Francis, ‘arousal,’ a new blue-colored ice cream, might mean you never have to pop those little blue pills again. Francis was asked to create a Viagra-laced ice cream for a party for one of his A-list celebrity clients, according to his aptly named blog, ‘Lick Me I’m Delicious.’ Each scoop of the champagne-flavored ice cream contains 25 mg of the well-known male enhancement drug — the same amount in the lowest dose of the drug.”

Oh, who am I kidding? Laws are for the little people, not for celebrities and their chefs.

LAWS ARE FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE: How Congress Stayed Wet in the Dry Years of Prohibition.

While members of Congress may have championed Prohibition laws on the House floor, many of them happily broke the rules in any of the 3,000 speakeasies scattered throughout downtown Washington. And when members needed to restock their personal hooch supply, they turned to one man: George Cassiday.

During his time as a booze distributor on the Hill, Cassiday estimated that four out of five members of Congress drank—and many of them availed themselves of Cassiday’s services. Congress even gave Cassiday his own storeroom in the basement of the Cannon office building. . . .

During Prohibition, D.C.’s close, personal relationship with alcohol didn’t end—it was just on the down-low. Peck estimates that from 1920 to 1933, 22,000 gallons of bootlegged liquor flowed into the District every week. More than 3,000 speakeasies opened in Washington, many of them operated out of the second story of row houses or in the backrooms of legitimate businesses.

Nowadays, though, they just go ahead and exempt themselves.

LAWS ARE FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE, especially in deep-blue Massachusetts: City worker promoted one month after being charged in bank robbery.

LAWS ARE FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE: Business Software Alliance accused of pirating the photo they used in their snitch-on-pirates ad.

LAWS ARE FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE: ‘Most transparent’ White House ever rewrote the FOIA to suppress politically sensitive docs.

It’s Sunshine Week, so perhaps some enterprising White House reporter will ask press secretary Jay Carney why President Obama rewrote the Freedom of Information Act without telling the rest of America.

The rewrite came in an April 15, 2009, memo from then-White House Counsel Greg Craig instructing the executive branch to let White House officials review any documents sought by FOIA requestors that involved “White House equities.”

That phrase is nowhere to be found in the FOIA, yet the Obama White House effectively amended the law to create a new exception to justify keeping public documents locked away from the public.

Perhaps Americans should start “effectively amending” laws themselves.

LAWS ARE FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE: Report: Cuomo aide broke gun law for months, was predictably given waiver. “Note that the apparent criteria for carrying a gun is whether Cuomo is your buddy and hired you for a government job.”

David Gregory was unavailable for comment.

LAWS ARE FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE: David Codrea: ‘Gun control’ advocates’ arrests highlight irony and hypocrisy.

LAWS ARE FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE: Anti-Gun Advocate Arrested For Carrying Gun In School. “He was a well-known face in the movement for the SAFE Act, the state law that made carrying a gun on school property a felony. He was also a familiar presence in the hallways of the city’s Harvey Austin Elementary School, where he worked in the after-school program and mentored students. No one imagined that on Thursday he would show up at the school in possession of a gun, touching off an hours-long lockdown, search and ultimately his arrest on two felony charges. . . . He was among local activists who stood with Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes last year lobbying for a law that would make possessing a gun on school property a felony.”

OUCH: Mike Lee Gives Eric Holder the Grilling of a Lifetime Over Obama’s Use of Executive Orders: ‘I Respectfully, but Forcefully, Disagree.’

Attorney General Eric Holder was unable to explain to Congress why President Barack Obama was within his constitutional limits when he issued an executive order to delay Obamacare’s employer mandate. The nation’s top law enforcement officer said he hasn’t looked at the analysis in “some time” and thus was unsure of where along the constitutional spectrum the order is permitted.

The surprising admission came after Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) grilled Holder for several minutes on the constitutional limits of executive orders and the executive branch during a Senate hearing on Wednesday.

He doesn’t know, because he doesn’t really care. Laws are for the little people.

UPDATE: Speaking of Executive Orders, here’s a post from a while back that demonstrates just how far a President can go.

LAWS ARE FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE: Harry Reid Exempts Staff From ObamaCare.

LAWS ARE FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE (CONT’D): “The Obama administration is inflating deportation numbers while ordering immigration agents to ignore the law they are sworn to uphold, the head of the Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agents’ union told Fox News.”

LAWS ARE FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE (CONT’D): Smoking gun exposed–D.C. police chief covers up giving Feinstein illegal ‘assault weapons.’ “Washington Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier seems to think that gun-control laws don’t apply to the liberal elite. The police chief helped Sen. Dianne Feinstein acquire ‘assault weapons,’ which are illegal to possess in the District, for a news conference early this year to promote a ban on these firearms, then tried to cover up the police involvement. Now, a response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request reveals Chief Lanier’s shocking willingness to bend the rules for partisan and ideological purposes.” David Gregory will be all over this story, I’m sure.

LAWS ARE FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE: Audit Finds IRS Employees Don’t Follow Their Own Rules.

LAWS ARE FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE: Inspector General: IRS May Be Violating Copyright Law on 89% of its Software.

Like, you know, taxes.

SMARTEST MAN IN THE WORLD, FORMER LAW PROFESSOR, MAKES ELEMENTARY LEGAL BLUNDER: In Misstep, Obama Discusses Sealed Indictment on Benghazi. “President Barack Obama was a lawyer before he became a politician, but on Friday he broke one of the most basic legal rules: He publicly discussed a sealed indictment. . . . While the president of the United States can declassify top secret intelligence information on his own say-so, disclosing secret grand jury material is a different matter. Rule 6(e) of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure clearly states: ‘… no person may disclose the indictment’s existence except as necessary to issue or execute a warrant or summons.'”

Meh. Laws are for the little people. Though it would be amusing to see him held in contempt.

TITLES OF NOBILITY: California Public Employees’ Magical Immunity To Traffic Tickets.

If you dream of never paying another traffic ticket for the rest of your life, become a government employee in California. The OC Register reports that, thanks to a long obsolete program, hundreds of thousands of drivers in California can run red lights, drive down toll lanes without paying, and park illegally—with total impunity.

Those drivers have special license plates that were introduced 30 years ago to ensure police anonymity and protection; cars bearing them are registered without any home address appearing on DMV records. They eventually became unnecessary once laws were passed making all DMV information confidential. But the plates have since become a widespread perk of government employment: hundreds of thousands of judges, district attorneys, jail guards, National Park Service rangers, city council members, city attorneys, lawmakers, and other officials who face little threat of being targeted by criminals now enjoy the privilege. . . .

Officials can pass the plates to spouses and children, keep them when they retire, and can even retain them for three years after switching to private sector work. And government oversight is so ineffectual that protected plates have been obtained by people with no connection whatsoever to government employment. One woman with the plates was found not to be a government employee nor related to one. She committed 411 violations without penalty.

It seems that in blue California, some people are more equal than others. Our guess is that similar shenanigans are taking place in other states, red as well as blue. Journalists should be on the lookout for routine abuses of power like this. If not exposed and kept in check, the culture of entitlement behind them will grow, feeding higher level corruption.

Laws are for the little people. So why should the little people respect them — or those whose authority derives from them — either?

LAWS ARE FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE (CONT’D): Inspector General: IRS Does Not Comply With the Law in 30% of Seizures of Taxpayers’ Property.

LAWS ARE FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE: “The Senate has severely scaled back the Stock Act, the law to stop members of Congress and their staff from trading on insider information, in an under-the-radar vote that has been sharply criticised by advocates of political transparency.”

A reader comments:

This is symptomatic of the bigger and very true point you make in the legal protection for 401ks post: behavior changes dramatically when we don’t expect growth. It’s a fight for share. Thus politicians fighting so hard to preserve their information advantage in the public markets.

Old ways to get rich:

Invent good stuff.

New ways to get rich:

Insider trading.
Taxes and rents.
Capital raids.

This is what politics becomes like in a society with narrow horizons. it’s not necessarily bad for those who excel at such maneuvering. For them, a dynamic society is limiting.

LAWS ARE FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE: Can you hear me now? Feds admit FBI warrantless cellphone tracking ‘very common’.

LAWS ARE FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE: Cuomo Announces Plans To Modify Gun Control Law To Exempt Film Industry.

LAWS ARE FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE: Postal Service says it’s immune from local traffic laws.

LAWS ARE FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE: Brock’s Glock: In anti-gun DC, Media Matters for America gave bodyguard illegal weapons to guard founder David Brock.

WELL, HE CAN’T EVEN SHOW UP ON TIME TO HIS OWN PRESS CONFERENCE: White House tells Paul Ryan it won’t meet budget deadline. “The White House has informed House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) that it will miss the legal deadline for sending a budget to Congress. Acting Budget Director Jeff Zients told Ryan (R-Wis.) in a letter late Friday that the budget will not be delivered by Feb. 4, as required by law.” Laws are for the little people. Just ask David Gregory.

MEANWHILE, THE EPA SCANDALS CONTINUE: Glitches mar EPA release of first batch of ‘Windsorgate’ emails.

Officials with the Environmental Protection Agency posted a file late today containing approximately 2,100 of a promised first tranche of 3,000 “Windsorgate” emails sent by and to the agency’s administrator, Lisa Jackson.

Jackson admitted last month to using the non de plume “Richard Windsor” on a government email account. She said the name came from her dog and that she only used the account for internal messaging within EPA.

It is against federal law for government officials to use email accounts bearing fake names to conduct official business.

Technical glitches marred the release, however, as a link on the EPA web site to the emails initially would not work. Later in the afternoon, it would only open to a cover letter explaining that only 2,100 emails were being released today instead of the promised 3,000.

The country’s in the very best of hands. And laws are for the little people. Just ask David Gregory.

WASHINGTON, D.C. PROSECUTOR: Despite a “Clear Violation of the Law,” David Gregory Will Not Be Prosecuted.

Laws are for the little people. Gregory’s useful. But you can tell how proud they are of this decision by the fact that it came out on a Friday afternoon . . . .

JUSTICE IN OBAMA’S AMERICA: “It’s one thing if a bank is too big to fail, so the government has to save it if it’s in danger of going under. It’s another if the bank is too big to be brought to justice, so the government can’t even make it obey the laws while it goes about its immortal way. That seems to have been the case recently with HSBC.”

Well, when laws are for the little people, too big to prosecute becomes perfectly expectable. Just ask David Gregory.

JOHN FUND: E-mail Scandal at the EPA: The Obama administration embraces secrecy and stonewalling.

It’s not uncommon for government officials to have private e-mail accounts. But federal law has set up several barriers to prevent officials from using non-official or secret e-mail addresses to conduct business and then conceal the contents of those accounts from Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. Politico reports that the EPA was supposed to ensure that anyone requesting Jackson’s e-mails under FOIA would also have access to communications from “Richard Windsor.” “But the system is far from foolproof,” it dryly notes.

When the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a free-market group, came up empty on its FOIA requests for Jackson’s e-mails relating to her anti-coal efforts, it was told by an EPA whistleblower that she was using “Richard Windsor” and other aliases to coordinate with outside anti-coal groups and engage in other activity she wouldn’t want to come to light.

After CEI filed suit, the Justice Department last month reluctantly agreed to produce 12,000 “Richard Windsor” e-mails. The first batch is set to be released on January 14. CEI employees told me they expect the e-mails will be heavily redacted to obscure their content, but that House committees headed by Representative Darrell Issa of California and Representative Fred Upton of Michigan will launch probes that will ultimately bring all of the e-mails to light.

Indeed, Representative Upton has written to the EPA demanding to know whether the use of alias e-mail accounts “has in any way affected the transparency of the agency’s activities or the quality or completeness of information provided” to Congress. In response, the office of the EPA’s inspector general has announced that it will investigate to see if “EPA follows applicable laws and regulations when using private and alias e-mail accounts to conduct official business.”

It clearly hasn’t always in the past. In 2000, Clinton EPA administrator Carol Browner responded to a Landmark Legal Foundation FOIA lawsuit by claiming that she didn’t use her government computer for e-mail. But Browner then ordered the hard drive on the computer to be reformatted and all backup tapes destroyed, just hours after a federal judge ordered her agency to preserve all agency e-mails. . . .

Mark Tapscott, the executive editor of the Washington Examiner, has long chronicled how government officials evade laws designed to enhance transparency. He points out that such evasion is rampant because enforcement of FOIA laws rarely occurs. “Nobody in government has ever gone to jail for violating the FOIA,” he points out.

Laws are for the little people.

DAVID GREGORY GUN-CRIME UPDATE; D.C. Police — NBC requested and was denied permission to use high capacity magazine in news segment. Laws are for the little people. From the comments: “To paraphrase Joyce Carol Oates: If sizable numbers of journalists become gun law victims themselves, maybe there’s hope for some balanced coverage on the issue.”

YEAH, THEY ONLY ENFORCE THAT LAW AGAINST PEOPLE WHO RECORD STUFF LIKE BAD COPS, RUDE CIVIL SERVANTS, AND POLITICIANS SOLICITING BRIBES:

Mayor Rahm Emanuel, at a Monday news conference, didn’t like questions about whether his press office had recorded reporters’ conversations without first seeking their consent.

That’s a big no-no under the Illinois Eavesdropping Act, one of the toughest two-party consent laws in the country.

One woman, Annabel Melongo, spent 20 months in Cook County Jail before a judge finally freed her.

Her crime: She had recorded a couple of phone calls with a court clerk. We’re talking felony, folks.

Emanuel, invoking “Will” Shakespeare, dismissed such bothersome questions about his press office doing the same as “much ado about nothing.”

In Chicago, laws are for the little people. Kinda like the rest of America under the Chicago crowd.

UPDATE: Remember this? Chicago State’s Attorney Lets Bad Cops Slide, Prosecutes Citizens Who Record Them.

Meanwhile, will Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez, who prosecuted Tiawanda Moore for recording cops’ efforts to pressure her into dropping a sexual harassment complaint, go after Rahm Emanuel? Not too likely. Tiawanda Moore was one of the “little people.” Rahm is not.

I don’t think Emanuel can claim a due process right to record the police, either — since, you know, he was recording journalists.

POLITICS: The Hill: Obama administration tells contractors again: Don’t issue layoff notices. At least until after the election.

UPDATE: It’s even worse.

And reader Richard Fagin emails:

You might want to point out to your readers that the WARN Act was a Clinton administration creation. Now that the law is in a position to harm a Democrat president running for reelection, isn’t it amazing how the law is ignored?

Laws are for the little people.

LAWS ARE FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE: Obama Cabinet Flunks Disclosure Test With 19 in 20 Ignoring Law.

LAWS ARE FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE: Inspector General: 88 Federal Agencies Have Not Paid Employment Taxes or Filed Returns. “Federal agencies are exempt from paying Federal income taxes; however, they are not exempt from meeting their employment tax deposits and related reporting requirements. As of December 31, 2011, 70 Federal agencies with 126 delinquent tax accounts owed approximately $14 million in unpaid taxes. In addition, 18 Federal agencies had not filed or were delinquent in filing 39 employment tax returns. Federal agencies should be held to the same filing and paying standards as all American taxpayers.”

Yeah, but nobody will go to jail, or see their bank accounts frozen for this.

LAWS ARE FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE: Rep. Walsh: Obama should follow standard procedure, fire Sebelius for violating Hatch Act. “The U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC) said Wednesday that Sebelius violated the law when she publicly endorsed Obama’s re-election and North Carolina Lieutenant Gov. Walter Dalton’s gubernatorial primary in a multi-way race during a taxpayer-funded public event on Feb. 25, 2012. The standard penalty for violating the Hatch Act is termination. But, the White House has suggested that Obama will offer Sebelius special treatment and let her keep her job.”

If this were a Republican administration, the press would be making a big deal of this. But hey, it’s not a Republican administration, so no big deal.

LAWS ARE FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE: “Is it even legal to use the the official White House website this way?” But it probably is legal. Just pathetically embarrassing. And Politico isn’t looking too good, either.

ANTI-SMOKING LAWS ARE FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE: In St. Louis, Some Smokers Are More Equal Than Others.