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JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

(Cartoonist - Adam Zyglis)

In other news, lawyers for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange told a British court that Trump offered to pardon him if he denied that Russia was involved in hacking the DNC in 2016.

Meanwhile, British citizens will no longer be protected by the EU's data privacy laws at the end of the year after exiting the EU's customs union and, to that end, Google plans to move British user data into American jurisdiction. Other companies will likely follow.

Finally, European Union Trade Commissioner Phil Hogan says economic relations with Britain are probably going to suck even if they reach a Brexit deal by the end of the year. Hogan told business leaders to prepare for the worst.

“On Jan. 1, things will change anyway -- even if we reach a deal,” Hogan said. “It will be much worse without a deal, but even with a deal there is going to be a massive change in terms of logistics, in terms of how we trade with each other, how we travel.”

Businesses face the prospect of additional customs declarations and delays at the border even if the two sides reach an agreement on their future relationship. If those talks fail, the U.K. would default to trading with the EU on World Trade Organization terms -- meaning tariffs and quotas would also return for the first time in a generation.

  • Badgerite

    Going back to Ken Starr and Carl Rove, (aka. Turd Blossom), the gop has been tracking in this direction for two decades or more. Using the legal system as a political tool.
    It has become so utterly blatant these days. The last best check on abuse of power, public or private is a jury of your peers. The gop has been trying to undermine that for years just as they have voting rights. Apparently not just foreign aid but pardons can also be made conditional on attacking and lying to serve the political aims of gop. It’s hard to be proud of a legal system descending into “the exciting prospect of using the levers of power to screw our political enemies.” I miss Lowel Weicker.

  • mnpollio

    I wonder how many of Assange’s still fervent supporters realize that a “real” journalist does not change their stories to outright lies in order to snag pardons from corrupt dictators. Assange is not a real journalist. Not by a long shot.