JD Vance Called Out Over Lie About His Mama’s Addiction

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There might be something to how Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg explained J.D. Vance, the felon’s VP pick, shifting from being an anti-Trump guy to being on Team Felon. People like Vance will do anything to get ahead, and as it turns out, that includes lying about his mother’s past addiction.

“They censor us, but it doesn’t change the truth,” he said before telling a whopper of a lie about his mama in a new ad. “Joe Biden’s open border is killing Ohioans, with more illegal drugs and more Democrat voters pouring into this country.

“This issue is personal,” he added. “I nearly lost my mother to the poison coming across our border. No child should grow up an orphan. I’m J.D. Vance, and I approve this message because whatever they call us, we will put America first.”

The only problem here is that he lied. As a nurse, JD Vance’s mother stole prescribed medications from her patients, and that was not because of undocumented immigrants. Vance got the community note routine on Xitter.

As someone who overcame addiction, I never blamed others for what I put myself through. I took ownership of it, and eventually, after many years, I became drug-free. Twenty-six years now and counting! If he’s so proud of his mother, why did he lie about her addiction? Because he wants to get ahead. Yeah, Vance, you are a racist.

Joe Biden Withdraws From Presidential Race, Endorses VP Harris

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President Joe Biden announced this Sunday he’s withdrawing from the presidential race, and endorsing his Vice President Kamala Harris. We’re in uncharted territory here. We’ll see shortly if all of the dump-Biden folks line up behind Harris, or decide to cause chaos:

Biden just quit the race and endorsed Kamala Harris. What happens now?

After weeks of pressure, conjecture, and handwringing at the highest levels of the Democratic Party, President Joe Biden has decided to step aside from the 2024 presidential race.

The president issued a written statement Sunday afternoon, saying he will address the nation later in the week about his decision and that he believes it is in the country’s best interest for him to step down from the ticket. Biden’s decision comes after weeks of public and private entreaties from Democrats who have concluded that he is unlikely to defeat former President Donald Trump.
Moments later, Biden released another statement endorsing Vice President Kamala Harris to take his spot atop the ticket.

“My very first decision as the party nominee in 2020 was to pick Kamala Harris as my Vice President. And it’s been the best decision I’ve made,” the statement said.

“Today I want to offer my full support and endorsement for Kamala to be the nominee of our party this year. Democrats — it’s time to come together and beat Trump. Let’s do this.”

Harris, with Biden endorsement, says she intends to ‘earn and win this nomination’

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President Biden’s decision to bow out of the November election leaves a path for Vice President Kamala Harris to replace him that would have seemed unlikely for most of the last three years, when she was seen as a drag on his reelection prospects as her approval numbers in polls lagged behind her boss’.

But Democratic desperation and Harris’ own recent performance as a vigorous administration spokesperson and loyal deputy have changed her fortunes. If she receives the nomination, Harris would be the first woman of color to head a national ticket and, if she wins, the first female president.

Several recent polls show Harris is now in close striking distance, within one or two percentage points, in a head-to-head matchup against former President Trump. Republicans, preparing for a possible Harris candidacy since Biden’s poor debate performance in June, have been resurfacing old clips of her, mocking her sometimes awkward public speaking style, blaming her for “covering up” Biden’s frailty and tying her to the high number of arrests at the southern border that have occurred under Biden’s watch.

After Biden’s statement, Democrats appeared to be coalescing around Harris. Bill and Hillary Clinton, the former president and secretary of State, issued a joint statement endorsing Harris and promising to do whatever they could to support her election.

“She’s going to be the strongest candidate,” said Donna Brazile, a former Democratic Party chair and Harris ally.

Harris released a statement praising Biden’s leadership and “legacy of accomplishment…unmatched in modern American history.“

“I am honored to have the President’s endorsement and my intention is to earn and win this nomination,” she said. “I will do everything in my power to unite the Democratic Party — and unite our nation — to defeat Donald Trump and his extreme Project 2025 agenda.”

Many anxious Democrats have clamored for other candidates, including Govs. Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan, Gavin Newsom of California or Josh Shapiro of Pennsylvania — worrying that Harris remains too polarizing a figure to win a majority of voters.

She has ground to make up against Trump and her national approval rating, while improved, remains at about 39%, compared with 50% of voters who don’t approve of her, according to the latest 538 polling average. She also has ground to make up in swing states, according to polls.

But Harris, 59, has the advantage of experience on a national ticket, direct access to the campaign’s fundraising apparatus and name recognition, all of which make her a favorite to secure what will be an unprecedented nomination for whoever wins it. She can also run on the administration’s policy accomplishments, which Democrats believe are popular even if Biden, 81, is not.

“The advantages vice presidents have is they have depth and reach,” said Elaine Kamarck, a Democratic delegate and author of “Primary Politics: Everything You Need to Know about How America Nominates Its Presidential Candidates.”

Harris spoke multiple times with Biden before the announcement, according to a person familiar with the discussions.

Biden’s opinion carries weight. But once he releases his delegates, they would be unbound by his wishes, meaning any number of candidates can try to win a majority of more than 4,500 voting party delegates. In his letter Sunday, he praised Harris as an “extraordinary partner.”

He endorsed Harris in a subsequent tweet.

“My very first decision as the party nominee in 2020 was to pick Kamala Harris as my Vice President,” he wrote. “And it’s been the best decision I’ve made. Today I want to offer my full support and endorsement for Kamala to be the nominee of our party this year. Democrats — it’s time to come together and beat Trump. Let’s do this.”

Another advantage for Harris is that many delegates have said they are eager for a smooth process, given the chaotic preceding weeks. Whoever wins the nomination would also have to choose a running mate in time for the convention, likely from among the same group of contenders for the top slot.

Despite Harris’ built-in advantages, someone else could certainly make a race of it, added Kamarck, a Brookings Institution think tank fellow who served as an aide to former Vice President Al Gore.

Harris, born in Oakland to immigrants from Jamaica and India, has had a steady rise through Democratic politics, from elected district attorney of San Francisco to California attorney general to U.S. senator and then vice president. She now resides in Los Angeles when she is not staying at the vice president’s official residence at the Naval Observatory in Washington.

Harris came into the 2020 presidential primary with massive expectations, touted by many in the party as the fresh face of the future, only to see her campaign falter before votes were cast amid staff infighting and a sense that Harris lacked core ideological convictions. She had trouble, for example, explaining her position in the universal healthcare debate that was a defining issue for progressives.

Biden, by selecting her as his running mate, reinvigorated her political career. She proved an able campaigner in a supporting role. But as vice president, she experienced high staff turnover and had to vie with Biden’s longtime aides — some of whom were suspicious of her after she attacked Biden in the 2020 primary — for influence. As the first Black and Indian American woman in national office, she also contended with racial and gender prejudices.

Her top early assignment from Biden, to curb migration by improving conditions in Central America, became a political headache as she tried to dodge responsibility for the record numbers of migrants stopped at the border and stayed away from policy debates on Capitol Hill.

During a 2021 trip to Guatemala and Mexico, she told migrants, “Do not come,” angering the left, and then laughed off questions about why, at the time, she had not yet visited the border, igniting the right. The early impression was a setback given the relatively few opportunities vice presidents have to command the public’s attention.

Harris improved her standing with the party in 2022, when the Supreme Court overturned the legal right to an abortion and Harris became the administration’s leading voice in opposition, helping Democrats overperform in the 2022 midterm elections. She also began traveling abroad more, representing Biden in Europe amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and in Asia as part of a broader strategy to counter Chinese influence.

Unlike other vice presidents, who had time to settle into the job during their first term, Harris was immediately under pressure to show she could step in for Biden, the oldest president in American history, said Joel Goldstein, an expert on vice presidents. She was also a rarity in the modern age, when most vice presidents have had more government experience than their boss.

“If Vice President Harris becomes sort of the determined standard-bearer for 2024, I think that she’ll have a visibility and importance and people will look at her in a way that they haven’t looked at her previously,” Goldstein said.

She will need the second look. In focus groups, many voters say they don’t know what she does. And she polls similarly to Biden among key constituencies in recent surveys conducted by Suffolk University’s David Paleologos for USA Today.

Harris was viewed favorably by 30% of independents and unfavorably by 57% in a national poll taken after the debate in late June, compared with a 35%-62% split for Biden.

Polls of Black and mixed-race voters in Michigan and Pennsylvania — two battleground states — taken in early June showed only 55% to 60% of those voters viewed her favorably, similar to Biden’s numbers. He and Harris won more than 90% support from Black voters in 2020, according to exit polls.

Paleologos said Harris has a little more room to grow support compared to Biden, but it’s still an uphill climb.

“Kamala Harris could generate excitement, maybe not to the level of what Trump has,” he said. “That’s a big deficit right now.”

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Biden steps down as Democratic presidential nominee

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President Biden announced Sunday that he will step aside as the Democratic presidential nominee and endorsed Vice President Kamala Harris to lead the ticket and face former President Trump in November.

Biden’s announcement ends weeks of hand-wringing among party leaders who urged him to leave the race after a disastrous debate performance left many Democrats fearing he was too old for office and unable to defeat Trump.

“I believe it is in the best interest of my party and the country for me to stand down and to focus solely on fulfilling my duties as president for the remainder of my term,” Biden said in a statement. He will address the nation later in the week, he said.

He thanked those who worked on the campaign and Harris for being “an extraordinary partner in all this work.”

In his initial statement, Biden did not endorse Harris, but later threw his support behind her in a post on X.

“My very first decision as the party nominee in 2020 was to pick Kamala Harris as my Vice President. And it’s been the best decision I’ve made. Today I want to offer my full support and endorsement for Kamala to be the nominee of our party this year. Democrats — it’s time to come together and beat Trump. Let’s do this,” Biden wrote.

Trump took to Truth Social, his social media platform, to call Biden unfit for office, without mentioning Harris. For the past couple of weeks, Trump’s campaign has turned its attention to attacking Harris — both at Trump’s rallies and in fundraising emails.

“Crooked Joe Biden was not fit to run for President, and is certainly not fit to serve — And never was! He only attained the position of President by lies, Fake News, and not leaving his Basement,” Trump posted.

A Harris-Trump contest would present a stark contrast between Harris — 59, Black, Asian and the first woman to serve as vice president — against the 78-year-old Trump, a convicted felon whose presidency and campaign have been laced with racist and misogynistic underpinnings. Trump would become the oldest president in office by the end of his term. Harris would be the first female president.

The groundwork for a last-minute presidential nominee switch-up began when the 81-year-old Biden appeared weak and flustered in a June 27 debate against Trump, sending a jolt of panic among Democrats.

Overnight, the president’s age and mental acuity — which polls show have long been a top concern for voters — burst into the mainstream conversation among political punditry.

The first sitting Democratic member of Congress to call for Biden to withdraw was Lloyd Doggett of Texas, whose comments on July 2 presaged what other lawmakers and party leaders would say about Biden and the election. Doggett praised Biden’s lengthy service to the country and touted his record, but turning to the debate, said, “Instead of reassuring voters, the president failed to effectively defend his many accomplishments and expose Trump’s lies.”

Many Democratic leaders cheered Biden’s announcement — saying he acted for the good of the country — and fell in line behind his Harris endorsement.

Former President Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the 2016 Democratic nominee, thanked Biden for his service and said they were “honored” to support Harris.

“Now is the time to support Kamala Harris and fight with everything we’ve got to elect her,” the Clintons said in a statement.

Doggett, however, urged Democrats to have an open convention when delegates gather in Chicago next month.

“Once again President Biden comes through for America, putting country over ego in a way that Donald Trump never could,” he posted on X. “Now we must move forward to offer a nominee, who can win over disaffected voters and energize Democrats.”

Weeks ago, Biden remained undaunted by his fellow Democrats’ desire for a new leader.

“I am running and gonna win again,” Biden said July 5 at a rally with supporters in Madison, Wis. “They’re trying to push me out of the race. Well let me say this as clearly as I can: I’m staying in the race. I’ll beat Donald Trump.”

Later that day, Biden’s interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos did little to repair the damage from the debate. At times, Biden faltered, sidestepped questions and once again failed to reassure supporters that he was equipped to lead the country.

The ABC interview came after polls showing support for the president eroding.

As weeks wore on, a trickle of calls for the president to step aside grew into a steady stream — including from top leaders in his party.

Actor George Clooney, a major Democratic donor and fundraiser, said July 10 that Democrats are “not going to win in November with this president.” Clooney spelled out his reasoning in an op-ed for the New York Times under the headline “I Love Joe Biden. But We Need a New Nominee.”

On July 17, Rep. Adam B. Schiff of Burbank became the most prominent Democrat in Congress up to that point to publicly call on Biden to make way for a new candidate.

“A second Trump presidency will undermine the very foundation of our democracy, and I have serious concerns about whether the president can defeat Donald Trump in November,” Schiff said.

Schiff’s statement came the same day a poll by the AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research reported that nearly two-thirds of Democrats surveyed said Biden should withdraw from the race.

Biden’s decision to withdraw fundamentally reshapes the 2024 campaign for both Democrats and Republicans, and could provide a welcome boost for Democrats who’ve faced flagging support from a relatively apathetic electorate.

Polls have repeatedly shown that many Americans did not welcome a repeat of 2020’s Biden-Trump contest. Biden in particular struggled to surmount voters’ concerns that he would be fit to govern the country well into his 80s.

Biden also faced backlash, particularly from young voters and voters of color, for his handling of the ongoing Israel-Hamas war. Though Biden easily won every Democratic primary so far, thousands of disgruntled Americans voted “uncommitted” in several states, in an effort by pro-Palestinian protesters to register their discontent over his support of Israel.

The president’s single term in office will cap a government career that began more than 50 years ago, when Biden was elected in 1970 to a New Castle County council seat in Delaware.

He represented Delaware in the Senate 36 years, cultivating close political relationships with a broad spectrum of Republican and Democratic Senate colleagues. He also led the influential Senate Judiciary Committee, which confirmed Justice Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court in 1991 despite a widely publicized controversy involving sexual harassment allegations.

During his tenure as senator, Biden long harbored presidential aspirations, running for the highest office in 1988 and again in 2008 before accepting former President Obama’s invitation to serve as vice president.

After two terms as second-in-command, Biden once again launched his own presidential bid in 2020, surging from the middle of the pack of Democratic candidates to clinch the nomination. The 2020 election results, taking place amid the historic COVID-19 pandemic, came down to narrow margins in a handful of key swing states, with the final count drawing out for several days.

Even before he took office, Biden faced unprecedented challenges to his presidency when a group of pro-Trump rioters broke into the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, the day Congress was scheduled to certify the election results.

Biden presided over a sharply divided Congress, but pushed through pandemic relief stimulus packages and signed into law the Inflation Reduction Act — to date the nation’s largest set of initiatives to combat climate change. He also led a chaotic removal of American troops from Afghanistan that drew criticism from many in his own party.

Biden’s decision to step aside echoed the actions 56 years earlier of another Democratic president who held office during a turbulent time.

Speaking from the White House on March 31, 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson said he had to devote himself to the Vietnam War and divisive domestic issues. “Accordingly,” he said, “I shall not seek and I will not accept the nomination of my party for another term as your president.”

Doggett alluded to Johnson, a fellow Texan, when he urged Biden to make way for new leadership for the good of the country: “Under very different circumstances, he made the painful decision to withdraw. President Biden should do the same.”

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JD Vance Attacks Harris As Doing Nothing ‘Other Than Collect A Check’

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So we’ve gone from calling her a “DEI hire” to this snide nonsense, basically insinuating she’s some sort of welfare queen. Here’s Vance in Grand Rapids, MI this Saturday serving up the red meat to the MAGA cult.

VANCE: What a cool thing it was to be asked by President Trump to serve as his running mate and to get out there on the campaign trail, but there’s some bad news, actually. The Vice President Kamala Harris, she doesn’t like me.

Kamala Harris said something to the effect that I have no loyalty to this country. Well, I don’t know, Kamala. I did serve in the United States Marine Corps and build a business.

What the hell have you done other than collect a check? What? What has she done other than collect the check from her political offices?

And we have to. We have to give her credit, my friends. She did serve as ‘Border Tsar’ during the biggest disaster open borders we ever had in this country.

Let’s get President Trump back there, close down that border and bring some common sense and security to this country.

As I’ve already discussed here, she’s done plenty, but that won’t stop them from pretending that a very accomplished Black woman has done nothing to deserve to have been elected as Vice President and to diminish, distort and ignore what she’s done prior to and since assuming that office.

The Felon’s Brag At Rally About Elon Musk Will Make You Cringe

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Donald Trump was in Michigan last night, the same state where nine of his supporters were convicted of plotting to kidnap the Governor in a terrifying scheme, and went off on wild tangents while telling his supporters that he loves Elon Musk, the man who killed the Bird App so that he could play footsie with white nationalists.

The felonious candidate boasted of Musk’s reported monthly donation of $45 million, even though Elon claimed on Xitter that it was a “fake gnus.” Wow, that’s so edgy, Elon! What’s odd was the reaction from his supporters, who broke out in applause over his love for Musk.

“I love Elon Musk… he endorsed me recently,” Trump said. “He’s great.”

“I read he gives me $45 million a month. I talked to him a while ago, and he didn’t even mention it,” he continued. “Other guys give you two dollars, and you got to take them to lunch.”

Oh no, not lunch. Poor Trump.

“We have to make life good for our smart people, you know?” the stable genius said. “We have some smart people. We have to make life good for our smart people. And he’s as smart as you get.”

Trump also spoke of his love for electric vehicles, adding that they aren’t for everyone, though. Geez, that’s quite a shift. And it sure sounds like a quid pro quo between narcissists to me.

While most of his supporters are contemplating how to afford the gold sneakers or the Bibles the felon hawks, Trump is telling them that we have to make life nicer for the wealthiest man in the world.

Trump Runs Away From Project 2025 ‘Radical Right’ Authors

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Trump just threw all of his buddies who authored the dangerous Project 2025 right under the bus during a rally in Grand Rapids, Michigan this Saturday in his latest lame attempt to pretend he doesn’t know anything about their agenda.

Here he is at the first one of his cult rallies since the shooting attempt, where he finally ditched the Kotex ear patch, pulling this routine.

TRUMP: Like some on the right, severe right, came up with this Project 25, and I don’t even know… I mean, some of them, I know who they are, but they’re very, very conservative, just like you have… they’re sort of the opposite of the radical left, okay?

You have the radical left, and you have the radical right. And they come up with this project… I don’t know what the hell it is. It’s Project 25. He’s involved in Project… and then they read some of the things, and they are extreme. I mean, they’re seriously extreme.

But I don’t know anything about it. I don’t want to know anything about it. But what they do is misinformation and disinformation.

The “radical right” or the “severe right,” huh? What do you know. Trump finally said something we agree with. Good luck with this stupid lie, Trump. It’s so bad even our useless corporate media is going to keep calling you out for it.

Thanks for helping the Democrats out with some more campaign ads letting the voters know you’re desperate to hide what you’ve got in store for them. Your cult won’t care, but the rest of the country isn’t buying what Project 2025 is peddling.

Trump’s Project 2025 exactly dovetails with his Agenda 47. There is no daylight between them.

Rep Drunky McDrunkFace Issues Medical Report On Trump, So All Is Well!

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Texas Rep. Drunky McDrunkerson, the felon’s former White House physician who gushed over his health during Trump’s time in office, claiming the ex-president weighed 239 pounds and had “incredible genes,” just released a report following the rally shooting. I guess they couldn’t get someone who wasn’t demoted from the Navy and who wasn’t nicknamed the “Candyman” after handing out strong medications all willy-nilly to staffers.

During Trump’s Republican National Convention, he told delegates that the bullet “hit me really, really hard,” falsely adding that “tens of thousands” of people were at the rally. Trump said the “crowd thought I was dead.”

Welp, here is Drunky’s take on things:

“I have been with President Trump since that time, and I have evaluated and treated his wound daily,” Jackson wrote. “He is doing well. As reported and witnessed by the entire world, he sustained a gunshot wound to the right ear from a high-powered rifle used by the would be assassin.”

The Texas Republican said that the bullet passed “less than a quarter of an inch from entering [Trump’s] head, and struck the top of his right ear.” Jackson alleged that Trump received a CT scan of his head.

“The bullet track produced a 2 cm wide wound that extended down to the cartilaginous surface of the ear,” Jackson said. “There was initially significant bleeding, followed by marked swelling of the entire upper ear. The swelling has since resolved, and the wound is beginning to granulate and heal properly.”

“Based on the highly vascular nature of the ear, there is still intermittent bleeding requiring a dressing to be in place,” he continued. “Given the broad and blunt nature of the wound itself, no sutures were required.”

“He will have further evaluations, including a comprehensive hearing exam, as needed. He will follow up with his primary care physician, as directed by the doctors that initially evaluated him,” he wrote. “In summary, former President Trump is doing well, and he is recovering as expected from the gunshot wound sustained last Saturday afternoon.”

“I am extremely thankful his life was spared. It is an absolute miracle he wasn’t killed,” Jackson added.

That’s sweet, but the Department of Defense Inspector General issued a scathing review of Jackson in 2021 “concluding that he made “sexual and denigrating” comments about a female subordinate, violated the policy for drinking alcohol while on a presidential trip, and took prescription-strength sleeping medication that prompted concerns from his colleagues about his ability to provide proper care.”

That’s not going to calm the waters with so many questions about the shooting, and if that had happened to President Biden, he would face a firestorm of attention — from both Republicans and Democrats. And if the President got a man known to overdrink, and with the former White House Medical Unit becoming “like the Wild West,” with staffers having easy access to powerful stimulants and sedatives, the Beltway media would focus on this bizarre report 24/7. I’m going to go out on a limb here to suggest that Jackson isn’t credible, and his latest display of performing fellatio on the former President isn’t helpful to normal people.

We need to see an accurate medical report, not from someone whose Virginia medical license expired in 2020. As I’m writing this, Trump is holding a campaign rally, and there is no bandage on his ear- just a little bandaid. Meanwhile, he said, “I took a bullet for democracy.” So, the former President isn’t credible, either. Who knew?

Sign From God? 4-Alarm Fire Burns Dallas MAGAchurch

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Fortunately, no one was hurt in the fire Friday night that caused the historic, secondary chapel of First Baptist Dallas church to partially collapse.

More from The Dallas Morning News:

Dallas Fire-Rescue first classified the fire as a two-alarm fire and, at 7:25 p.m., nearly an hour and a half into the response, updated it to a third alarm. A three-alarm response includes four fire engines, three trucks and two rescues, among other response units, Borse said.

Just after 7:30 p.m., the chapel partially collapsed. The fire was upgraded to a fourth alarm at 8:14 p.m., meaning three more engines and a truck were dispatched, Borse said.

According to Dallas’ WFAA TV report, above, the fire was mostly out by early Saturday morning, with only a few hot spots to be dealt with.

I am sorry for those who lost a cherished part of their place of worship.

Not so much for Senior Pastor Robert Jeffress. He’s a heartless guy who wants to shove his Christian nationalism down our throats while he worships felonious, sexual-assaulting fraudster Donald Trump.

As Raw Story noted, Jeffress asked for prayers for his church on Xitter Friday night. He also wrote, “To our knowledge, no one is hurt or injured, and we thank God for His protection. He is sovereign even in the most difficult times. ‘And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.’ – Romans 8:28 We will keep you updated as we prepare to come together to worship.”

My thoughts and prayers go to the firefighters who risked their lives to keep the fire from being even more damaging – while Jeffress and his presumably favorite p***y grabber look forward to more tax cuts for the wealthy – and cutting government services for the rest of us.

Opinion: The Supreme Court is power hungry. There is one sure way to rein it in

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President Biden’s initiative to establish Supreme Court term limits and an enforceable ethics code could help restore much needed public trust in the court. Just as importantly, it’s a reminder that we need not surrender to a court that has aggrandized itself at every turn.

The president’s proposals will require congressional approval, and that in turn highlights the role every American can play in reining in a court that has tilted into ideological activism: The key is what we do on Nov. 5. You were probably taught that the justices have the final say on our laws, but in reality that power belongs to voters.

To start, there is no question that the court would be better off with term-limited justices who can no longer play politics with the timing of their retirements, and with an ethics code that has teeth and could eliminate even the appearance of impropriety in the justices’ behavior.

But the president should be asking for more — congressional action that responds specifically to the alarming decisions issued by the court’s current conservative supermajority.

Its most dangerous ruling, delivered on July 2, was its holding that Donald Trump enjoys “presumptive” immunity from criminal prosecution based on his “official acts.” The upshot is that the court, not a jury of ordinary Americans, will likely get to make the final call on Trump’s accountability for his 2020 election falsehoods and schemes.

In another sweeping decision, the court set aside four decades of precedent and arrogated power long held by federal agencies. Instead of deferring to, say, the Environmental Protection Agency on the technical how-tos of applying laws like the Clean Water Act, the court claimed that it should have the final say — expertise and democratic accountability be damned.

The court similarly substituted its judgment for the otherwise apparent meaning of federal statutes by upending what constitutes a “machine gun” and obstruction of official proceedings. As Justice Amy Coney Barrett wrote in her dissent from the latter ruling, the majority had to do “textual backflips to find some way — any way” — to get to its preferred outcome. In doing so, it blocked a crucial gun safety measure and narrowed the basis for charging those involved with the Capitol attack on Jan. 6.

Fortunately, as supreme as the Supreme Court is, it doesn’t have to be the final word on these cases. The court gets to interpret the law, but we voters, through our representatives, decide what that law is.

For those who object to the current court’s power grab, that means showing up at the polls this year and voting for a Democratic majority in Congress, despite reasonable, good-faith disagreements with President Biden and his party. Those concerns will matter little if an unaccountable Supreme Court continues to aggrandize itself at the people’s expense.

Here’s how a Democratic majority could push back.

In the presidential immunity case, one worry is that even if lower courts deem much of Trump’s Jan. 6 conduct to have been unofficial, and thus subject to prosecution, the Supreme Court’s conservative justices will simply band together to reverse that determination.

And yet Article III of the Constitution allows Congress to make “exceptions” from the Supreme Court’s power to hear appeals. A reestablished Democratic House majority could pass a law declaring the lower court’s ruling final, and a Democratic majority in the Senate could do the same by voting for a one-time suspension of the filibuster, just as the Republican majority did when it confirmed Neil M. Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.

As for the court’s takeover of deference to federal agencies, a Democratic majority in Congress could amend the Administrative Procedure Act to unambiguously grant agency experts the benefit of the doubt on reasonable regulations. Likewise, a Democratic Congress could enact legislation to override the court’s aberrant interpretations of laws regulating machine guns and defining the obstruction of official proceedings.

If voters in November keep the court in mind as they mark their ballots, they can not only undo this term’s most harmful decisions, but also send a forceful message to the power-hungry justices: The highest court in the land can either have the final word on the hard cases that divide us, or it can lurch the law far to the right. But it can’t do both.

Aaron Tang is a law professor at UC Davis and a former law clerk to Justice Sonia Sotomayor. He is the author of “Supreme Hubris: How Overconfidence Is Destroying the Court — and How We Can Fix It.” @AaronTangLaw.”

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