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In other news, CNBC reports that the RNC is paying Trump's former bodyguard Keith Schiller $15,000 per month out of a slush fund. Or is that a hush fund?

Meanwhile, it looks like Melania Trump's parents obtained legal status in America using the family reunification or "chain migration" system Trump and the GOP wants to eliminate.

Finally, the Supreme Court has rejected a challenge of California's 10-day waiting period for gun purchases. Justice Clarence Thomas was the only justice in the dissent and he dissented in a manner that only he would.

“If a lower court treated another right so cavalierly, I have little doubt this court would intervene,” Thomas wrote. “But as evidenced by our continued inaction in this area, the Second Amendment is a disfavored right in this court.”

Thomas said he suspected the Supreme Court would readily hear cases involving potentially unconstitutional waiting periods if they involved abortion, racist publications or police traffic stops.

  • Aynwrong

    more and more the RNC is just helping to turn this country into a Banana republic.

  • Victor the Crab

    Clarence Thomas would do well, as a Supreme Court justice, to just STFU, lest he removes all doubt as to the fool we see him as.

    • Badgerite

      This is what Clarence Thomas had to say about the Bill of Rights during a dinner for winners of a high school essay contest.

      “Today, there is much focus on our rights,” Justice Thomas said. “Indeed, I think there is a
      proliferation of rights.”
      “I am often surprised by the virtual nobility that seems to be accorded those grievances,” he said.
      “Shouldn’t there be at least equal time for our Bill of Obligations and our Bill of Responsibilities?”

      If Thomas was talking about the shared benefits and burdens that rights impose on each of us then maybe there is a point there. For each right carries with it the burden of personal restraint in encroachment on the rights of another. There is always a balance that must be struck between these conflicting interest. But shouldn’t a right to purchase a product that has as its only purpose the killing of another living being carry with it a great concomitant burden of regard for the rights of others as one might find in a Bill of Obligations and Responsibilities.
      Or does that just apply to “air conditioners” and other “amenities of life” that Thomas criticized Americans for thinking they were ‘entitled to’. Fireworks, beer and pornography are dangerous. Guns are not? How does that work? What kind of heavy burden does the ready availability of the AR-15 for purchase by literally anyone without any real restraints place on the rest of society given that its misuse can end in 58 people dead and 600 wounded in a matter of minutes. Or 150 rounds of ammunition fired into student and teachers in hallways and classrooms in the space of 6 minutes. What would the “Bill of Obligations” and the “Bill of Responsibilities” have to say about that?

    • Draxiar

      There was a time when Thomas would remain silent and not ask any questions during a hearing preferring to let Scalia do the talking (and thinking) for him. I think Thomas should adopt that precise policy until he retires from the SCOTUS or dies…whichever comes first.

    • We Two

      He tends to be on the quiet side anyway. Maybe that’s a good thing.