Charging the Parkland school officer with a crime is a real stretch

(CNN)The scene at Parkland, Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14, 2018, was one of unimaginable carnage. The shattered, bloodstained bodies of high school teenagers and school staff were everywhere. The final toll of 17 dead and another 17 wounded made Parkland one of worst school shootings in US history. Prosecutors then turned their attention to former Broward County Sheriff’s Deputy Scot Peterson, the high school’s safety resource officer who heard the shots fired and arrived at the building, only to take cover outside instead of entering the school to confront the shooter. As Peterson waited outside, the gunman went on to discharge approximately 75 shots inside the school, according to an arrest warrant affidavit. Sign up for …

Robert Mueller’s electrifying words pack a punch

(CNN)Robert Mueller fired a searing barrage at President Donald Trump and issued a not at all hidden message for Congress and the American people. Reading between the lines, Mueller appeared to suggest that if he had not been shackled by Department of Justice regulations, the special counsel would have indicted the President. He said: “If we had confidence that the President clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so.” Join us on Twitter and Facebook And he reminded us, once again, that contrary to Trump’s endless equivocation, “The Russian military launched a concerted attack on our political system,” trying to “damage a presidential candidate.” They aimed to hurt Hillary Clinton, he made plain — something Trump refuses …

Romney’s astonishing nonsense about Amash and Mueller

(CNN)An astonishing thing happened on Saturday. US Rep. Justin Amash, R-Michigan, read the redacted Mueller Report and concluded from the evidence that President Donald Trump committed impeachable offenses, and broke ranks with his party. In a concise tweet, Amash — a tea party Republican — announced to the world: “President Trump has engaged in impeachable conduct.” What method of legal analysis could Romney possibly be using? I ask this rhetorically, and tweeted about it last weekend (this essay is adapted from that thread), because the method of legal analysis used in the Mueller Report is known as IRAC, a method widely known to lawyers and law students. Mitt Romney, by the way, has a law degree from Harvard. Watch GOP …

The economy is great, so why are so many Democrats running for White House?

(CNN)With an economy as strong as the one that the nation currently enjoys — 3.2% growth in this year’s first quarter — President Donald Trump should be feeling pretty good about his prospects for re-election. In post-WWII history, the only presidents who have failed to win re-election struggled with a tough economy (Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, and George H.W. Bush), or decided not to run (Harry Truman and Lyndon B. Johnson). Added to his struggle with national approval, the fallout from Robert Mueller’s report seems to be further eroding his reputation. While only 37% of Americans say that they support moving forward with impeachment, nearly six out of ten believe that the President lied in matters under investigation by the …