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Saturday News: GOP “Tax Bill is a Sham and a Con”; “CDC gets list of forbidden words: fetus, transgender, diversity”; “The Assault on Mueller”

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by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Saturday, December 16.

  • True Blue

    Is it safe to say Republicans “would do anything” for their donors, to ensure that Trump’s tinkle-down tax scam can be passed? The White House card (or tweet) should say “Merry Christmas to ME!”

    • Jim B

      The tax bill is 1100 pages according to Lawerence O’Donnell, at least the copy he had last night on his program. I would hope the democrats have a team scouring the bill for its worst aspects and report that information to the public as soon as possible, but I don’t have my hopes up.

  • Quizzical
  • From 2017 VA Dem LG candidate Gene Rossi:

    Renowned Federal Prosecutor Gene Rossi Joins Carlton Fields

    DOJ Star Adds More Veteran Experience to Firm’s White Collar and Government Investigation Practice

    Washington, D.C. – December 14, 2017 – Carlton Fields announced today that Eugene (Gene) Rossi, a 27-year veteran of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ), has joined the firm’s Washington D.C. office. The nationally recognized former federal prosecutor brings a wealth of experience and prestige to Carlton Fields’ already formidable White Collar and Government Investigation Practice.

    In 1983 following law school, Rossi worked as a Washington Representative for Connecticut Governor Bill O’Neill. In 1989, he began his legal career with the DOJ, serving for 12 years as a senior trial attorney of the Department’s Tax Division, including four years on an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF). In 2001, Rossi became an Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia (the “Rocket Docket”), serving as Deputy Chief of the Narcotics Unit and then chief of the Specials Unit, where he trained more than 1,000 new prosecutors. During his prolific DOJ career, Rossi had more than 110 criminal and civil trials (90 jury) in U.S. Courts, including a record 65 felony jury trials in the Rocket Docket.

    “Gene is an excellent addition to our firm,” said Adam Schwartz, chair of the firm’s White Collar and Government Investigations practice. “His deep experience in government investigations and white collar matters further strengthens our already solid group of former prosecutors and extends our platform into the nation’s capital.”

    In 2004 and 2007, as opioid addiction worsened into a national crisis, Rossi prosecuted two complex criminal trials involving a nationally renowned chronic pain doctor who was fraudulently distributing hundreds of thousands of Oxycodone pills. The ‘Cotton Candy’ investigation and prosecution was the largest investigation of prescription pill trafficking in U.S. history.

    His other notable cases included a major case against a Chicago alderman, the trial of a prolific murderer, and the prosecution of the Commanding General of the 54-nation African Union, who pleaded guilty to charges of false statements and smuggling cash into the United States that he had received illegally when he was president of Guinea.

    “The best defense attorneys have a keen understanding of the prosecutor’s strategy, from investigation through trial,” said Roland Goss, managing shareholder of the firm’s Washington D.C. office. “With extensive experience in the trenches and having trained so many fellow prosecutors, Gene has great insight into how prosecutors prepare and present cases, which can make the difference between winning and losing in his new role in private practice.”

    Goss added, “The addition of Gene extends the firm’s comprehensive white collar experience and reach into Washington, D.C., a key market for our firm and clients. We are excited he is with us.”

    Rossi’s achievements in the courtroom have earned him dozens of commendations, including the FBI Washington Field Office’s Career Achievement Award in 2016 — the only time the award has ever been presented to a prosecutor. He is also the recipient of the 2005 Justice Department’s Director’s Award and the 2009 DEA Administrator’s Award for his prosecution of the Operation Cotton Candy cases.

    “In my 33 years as a public servant after law school, I never practiced at a private law firm, so this was a big decision for me,” said Rossi. “I visited a number of different firms, but when I met with Carlton Fields, I knew where I belonged. There is such a great esprit de corps and level of collegiality here. I believe in the firm’s mission. And I’m honored to be a part of the Carlton Fields family.”

    A dedicated community advocate, Rossi was on the board of directors of D.C. Law Students In Court, a five-school consortium that provides legal aid to tenants and indigent criminal defendants. Rossi also serves on the board of Friends of Guest House, an Alexandria, Va.-based women’s reentry program. In 2017, Rossi ran for Lieutenant Governor of Virginia. He also founded Alexandria’s “Hoop Madness Club,” extending his life-long passion for basketball. Last, he is an adjunct professor of constitutional law at George Mason University, as well as an adjunct instructor of trial advocacy at Harvard Law School.

    Rossi received his J.D. from the American University Law School, his LL.M. from Georgetown University Law Center, and his B.A. from Fairfield University.

    About Carlton Fields: Carlton Fields has more than 300 attorneys and government and financial services consultants serving clients from offices in California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, New York, and Washington, D.C. The firm is known for its national litigation practice, including class action defense, trial practice, white-collar representation, and high-stakes appeals; its insurance practice, including life and financial lines, property and casualty, reinsurance, and title insurance; its regulatory practice; and its handling of sophisticated business transactions and corporate counseling for domestic and international clients. For additional information, visit http://www.carltonfields.com. (Carlton Fields practices law in California through Carlton Fields Jorden Burt, LLP.)

  • “President” Trump hits another new low in 538.com’s polling average. #WINNING!

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  • Quizzical
  • Top comment on the WaPo article about the Trump administration forbidding the CDC from using words like “fetus” is superb.

    I am a physician. This is unbelievable. In 2017, we base standard of care for all diseases on evidence based science.

    We chose our treatment plans based on this information tailoring it to an individual patient based on gender, age and sometimes ethnicity. One does not want to prescribe a woman who is hypertensive and is contemplating pregnancy an ace inhibitor or an ARB. Medications like carvadilol is more cardioprotective for an African American with congestive heart failure than metoprolol is. Ashkenazi Jewish women are at higher risk to have the BRCA I and BRCA II breast cancer than non Jewish women. I could go on. Diversity matters in medicine.

    Fetus is the medical term for an unborn developing human.

    PrEP therapy can lower the risk of HIV in a gay male at risk by up to 92%. I could go on…

    The danger of a vengeful president sucking up to white evangelicals is harmful to our society.

    I condemn those of my profession who voted for Trump. They were smart enough to know better.