The Right Coast

Editor: Thomas A. Smith
University of San Diego
School of Law

Friday, February 14, 2020

Border Patrol Will Deploy Elite Tactical Agents to Sanctuary Cities - The New York Times

The Trump administration is deploying law enforcement tactical units from the southern border as part of a supercharged arrest operation in sanctuary cities across the country, an escalation in the president’s battle against localities that refuse to participate in immigration enforcement.

The specially trained officers are being sent to cities including Chicago and New York to boost the enforcement power of local Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers, according to two officials who are familiar with the secret operation. Additional agents are expected to be sent to San Francisco, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Houston, Boston, New Orleans, Detroit and Newark, N.J.


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‘Chilling and Disturbing’: YouTube Removes Video of Rand Paul Naming ‘Whistleblower’ on Senate Floor – American Greatness

YouTube has removed a video clip of Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) calling out Chief Justice John Roberts on the Senate floor for blocking his question naming Ukraine “whistleblower” Eric Ciaramella during the Senate impeachment trial.

“A chilling and disturbing day in America when giant web companies such as @youtube decide to censor speech,” Paul tweeted. “Protected speech, such as that of a senator on the Sen floor, can be blocked from getting to the people. This is dangerous & politically biased.”



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BOMBSHELL: U.S. Atty. John Durham Is investigating Whether Obama Admin Hid Evidence of Russian Meddling | News and Politics

According to a bombshell report from the New York Times Friday morning, U.S. Attorney John Durham has been investigating whether Obama administration officials hid or perhaps manipulated intelligence about Russia's meddling.

Of course, that's not exactly how the New York Times wants you to see this story. From the very first paragraph, the NYT tries to spin the story as a partisan fishing expedition, not a legitimate investigation of Obama-era corruption. "Trump administration officials investigating the government’s response to Russia’s election interference in 2016 appear to be hunting for a basis to accuse Obama-era intelligence officials of hiding evidence or manipulating analysis about Moscow’s covert operation, according to people familiar with aspects of the inquiry."


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'When Suicide Becomes Logical': Inside A Separatist-Run Prison In Ukraine's Donetsk

Another man who had been tortured on a table together with his son also attempted suicide. The torture involved more than just physical pain. When the man's son urinated on himself due to involuntary muscle contractions because both of them had electrodes attached to their rectums and genitals, the torturers mocked the father: "Look at your son! He's peed himself like a puppy!"

The man told me that the torture and the death threats he had endured hurt him less than that single moment. But my conversation with him happened much later. At this point, he was just a man brought into our cell with severe electrical burns and a bleeding wound on his head. The head wound was the result of his suicide bid. He'd tried to smash his skull open against the metal corner of a bunk in the basement.

This man was put in our cell because he'd already been "worked over" and now the administration wanted to make sure he wouldn't try to kill himself again. But later in the evening another problem became apparent.

From 7:00 until 8:30, he was completely disoriented. He was delirious and didn't understand where he was. It turned out that he had been tortured the entire previous week at this same time. Now, as evening approached, the slightest rustling in the corridor was enough to make his hands tremble uncontrollably. He sat on the edge of a bunk by the door mindlessly repeating: "Hold on, son. Just hold on, hold on." He really believed he was back in the basement on the table beside his son.



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Where will the Yang Gang go next? - BBC News

He raised tens of millions, qualified for all but one Democratic debate, and laid claim to a devoted fan following: the so-called Yang Gang.

But entrepreneur Andrew Yang, the self-declared "Asian math guy", has suspended his presidential bid after a lacklustre finish in the New Hampshire primary.

While his White House dreams have dimmed, the politically novice Mr Yang managed to out-perform many of the seasoned politicians in the field.

Announcing his departure from the 2020 race Tuesday night, he told supporters: "While we did not win this election, we are just getting started. This is the beginning. This movement is the future of American politics."

But where exactly does that leave the Yang Gang, and where will they go next?


Wherever it is, I hope it pays well.

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Coronavirus: Why have two reporters in Wuhan disappeared? - BBC News

They are citizen journalists, wanting to provide the "truth" of what is happening in Wuhan, the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak in China.

They posted videos online, shared pictures and dramatic stories from inside the quarantined city that has been virtually cut off from the rest of the country.

Now, they are nowhere to be found.


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Poland's Efforts To Remake Judiciary Triggers Widespread Backlash : NPR

Tuleya, who's been summoned by Poland's overhauled National Council of the Judiciary to explain his criticism of the government's judicial changes, says the Law and Justice Party has a clear goal.

"They want to be famous for burning down the judicial system," says the 49-year-old. "They want subordination of the final independent institutions on which democracy is based, which is the independent courts. When that power is no more, then the fourth power — the free press — will disappear, because without free courts, you cannot defend a free press. This way, the entire state will be subordinated to the politicians of one single party."


That does not sound good. Of course, this is NPR.

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Air Force to allow uniformed members to wear turbans, hijabs, beards in new dress code update, officials say | Fox News

The United States Air Force updated its official dress code policy this month, in observance of religious practices, to allow military personnel to wear turbans or hijabs as a part of the uniform.


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Coronavirus Live Updates: Beijing Sets Stringent New Quarantine Rules - The New York Times

On Tuesday and Wednesday, the country’s top officials met and issued orders that included a mandate to help people to return to workplaces from their hometowns. Tens of millions had gone home to celebrate Lunar New Year holidays before the government acknowledged the seriousness of the epidemic. They have faced local government checkpoints on the way back to work and then lengthy quarantines upon their return to big cities.

But while national leaders may be worried that travel restrictions and quarantines may be preventing companies from finding enough workers to resume full production, that did not stop Beijing municipal leaders from further tightening controls on Friday evening in the city.

The policy may reduce the chances that people returning from the hinterlands could infect the country’s elite.


The politics of this are going to be interesting. Personally, I'd be on the side of the municipal leaders, I think.

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Target Liberty: Pete Buttigieg's Father Was a Hardcore Marxist

As primary voters continue to go to the polls, voters may have to consider how close the apple has fallen from the tree when it comes to Pete Buttigieg and his father Joesph who was born in Malta and became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1979. He died in January 2019.

Pete wrote at the time:

We miss him already but his love of life, and his moral passion, will stay with us forever...We are left with memories of his powerful intellect, his extensive legacy, his personal warmth and his deeply felt love for Mom, me, and all those close to him.

So what was this "moral passion" of Pete's father?

It was a passion for Marxism and more specifically the philosophy of  Antonio Gramsci.


You can't necessarily attribute the views of the father to the son. My father, for example, thought FDR saved the country from depression and that WW2 got the country back to work.

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