The idea is that certain entities, corporations or governments, block massive numbers of rooms, pay for them, then do not use them, presumably to curry favor with the President.

As U.S. policy currently stands, this is perfectly legal.

  • As I have pointed out before, Trump would be considered corrupt if Mohammad bin Salman handed him a check for five billion dollars, but …
  • If Eric Trump opens up a lemonade stand, puts up a sign that says “Lemonade, Five Billion Dollars per Cup,” and bin Salman buys a cup, that is completely legal.

For now.

Granted, it is ridiculous that such a thing is legal, but that is the current ruling. Several lawsuits are currently challenging that position, and are slowly making their way through the courts.

Short answer: yes

Long answer: In some, but not all cases. It is up to the Senate.

The Constitution mandates removal from office upon conviction, but specifies that an additional penalty, being barred from any office of honor in the USA, is possible but not mandatory.

In US history, eight non-presidential office holders have been convicted in a Senate impeachment trial. In only three of those cases was the convicted party barred from holding future offices. In the other five cases, the Senate voted for removal only. In one of those instances, the impeached official went on to a long post-impeachment career in politics. Federal district judge Alcee Hastings of Florida was removed from office in 1989 for perjury and conspiring to solicit a bribe. Since 1993, he has been representing a Florida district in the U.S. House of Representatives.

“The Oval Office meeting this past March began, as so many had, with President Trump fuming about migrants. But this time he had a solution. As White House advisers listened astonished, he ordered them to shut down the entire 2,000-mile border with Mexico — by noon the next day.”

“Privately, the president had often talked about fortifying a border wall with a water-filled trench, stocked with snakes or alligators, prompting aides to seek a cost estimate. He wanted the wall electrified, with spikes on top that could pierce human flesh. After publicly suggesting that soldiers shoot migrants if they threw rocks, the president backed off when his staff told him that was illegal. But later in a meeting, aides recalled, he suggested that they shoot migrants in the legs to slow them down. That’s not allowed either, they told him.”

“You are making me look like an idiot!” Mr. Trump shouted, adding in a profanity.

The Nationals will now be in the REAL playoffs (against the Dodgers)

“Washington’s Juan Soto delivered a bases-loaded single against Josh Hader that scored three runs with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning, and the Nationals rallied to beat the Milwaukee Brewers 4-3 in the NL wild-card game Tuesday night.”

It is always difficult for the wild card team after the play-in game. First, they have to face the toughest opponent. Second, they often have to use their best pitcher to get there. In this case the Nats had to use their best TWO pitchers! On the other hand, they have all kinds of confidence right now, having won 10 of their last 11.

She was played by Keira Knightley in a recent movie, but the original doesn’t look much like Keira.

Her stage partner is doing some serious John Barrymore-style overacting there. His gestures and facial expression are so overwrought that he makes Swedish Climate Girl seem as phlegmatic as Clint Eastwood.

Here’s another version with Overacting Guy cropped out.

And here is Keira’s recreation of that scene.
Anyway …

Here’s a quick article about Colette, if you had forgotten the context.

The best part of the story: the mayor-elect disagrees with the study because it is based on the facts.

Honest to God, I did not make that up. He said:

“I disagree with the content. I don’t think it is a fair representation, period. It is based on empirical data.”

Talk about “An Inconvenient Truth”!

One spokesperson tried to find a silver lining in the town’s clouds: crime is down.

“We used to be the murder capital of the US, but there is hardly anybody left to kill. We used to be the drug capital of the US, but for that you need money, and there aren’t jobs or things to steal here.”

For the record, I have been in almost every major metropolitan area in America, and I fully agree with the study. Gary is the ugliest and saddest urban area I’ve ever seen in this country. I’ve seen other places that are bad: deserted coal towns, rust belt anachronisms, Florida towns that are nothing but shanties and trailer parks. You may have seen these same things, but whatever you have seen, Gary is probably worse.