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alito%20dinner%2012.jpgNo, this isn't a Benetton ad. Left to right: Grant Vinik; Jeannie Rhee; Jessie Liu; Justice Samuel Alito (duh); Robin Meriweather; and Anna-Marie Roop.


Last night, one-half of Wonkette attended the annual dinner of the Yale Law School Assocation of Washington, DC, at the National Press Club. The dinner honored Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr., Yale Law School class of 1975, the newest member of the Supreme Court.

The proceedings were declared off the record, so we can't tell you about Justice Alito's thoughtful, erudite, and highly entertaining remarks. Nor can we share with you the fantastic conversations we had over dinner, at a star-studded table. All the journalists -- and quasi-journalists -- had to put away our notebooks for the night.

But no one said anything about cameras. So we took lots of photographs of the assembled legal luminaries -- such as the picture shown above, in which Justice Alito "strikes a pose," looking like a general about to head into battle.

Additional pictures -- including photos of the evening's other celebrity, Sen. Arlen Specter, Yale Law School class of 1956 -- appear after the jump. (These are amateur photos; please don't mistake them for the work of Liz Gorman.)

alito%20dinner%201.jpgCharlie Savage, of the Boston Globe, and Robert Bernard Davis, of WilmerHale.

alito%20dinner%203b.jpgProfessor William Eskridge; Sen. Arlen Specter; and Michael O'Neill, chief counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

alito%20dinner%204.jpgProfessor Eskridge and Senator Specter.

alito%20dinner%205.jpgLeft to right: the back of an unidentified hottie's head; Professor Eskridge; Senator Specter; and Professor O'Neill.

alito%20dinner%206.jpgAlito law clerk Sasha Volokh, and his wife, Hanah Volokh.

alito%20dinner%207.jpgRyan Bounds, chief of staff at the Office of Legal Policy, and Stacey Bennett, soon to be joining Kirkland & Ellis. He sure is tall, isn't he?

alito%20dinner%2011.jpgIf you don't know who this guy is by now, you should be reading a newspaper, not this blog. Props for the Yale Law School necktie. New Haven, represent!

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Nancy Pelosi is making news again today after her weekly press conference, mostly because she said this about yesterday's nutbag performance from President Stable Genius:

[T]his time, another temper tantrum — again — I pray for the President Of The United States. I wish him and his family, his administration and staff would have an intervention for the good of the country.

She prays for him. And she's just kind of suggesting that maybe the president is unwell, in his brain. She's being very subtle!

When Glenn Thrush asked afterward what kind of "intervention" she might be talking about, she suggested that Article 25 would be just fine.

But many folks out there right now are saying "BUT WHAT ABOUT INPEACH! They are not going to do an intervention, because the intervention is called INPEACH!" (They are taking her words very literally, it would seem.) Every other damn day lately, there is news about how "NANCY SAID INPEACH IS BAD" or "NANCY SAID TRUMP'S ACTIONS IS SELF-INPEACH-ATORY, WHAT DOES THAT EVEN MEAN, NANCY!" and whatever else, we don't know, because we have muted all of Twitter until further notice. (Here is some news about the House Democrats' weekly meeting yesterday, most of which was about Democrats yelling INPEACH! while Nancy Pelosi gave them cold showers.)

Here's the thing:

In today's presser, Pelosi was clearer than ever about her feelings on impeachment -- she doesn't like it, and she'd really hate for the nation to get to a place where that's inevitable, she is just saying it would be truly terrible for them to have to do that -- but they might just be FORCED to go there. And wouldn't that be just terrible? Nancy Pelosi is praying about that just like she is praying for Trump, under a big oak tree that casts all the shade she threw at Donald Trump for her entire fucking presser.

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Happy Throwback Thursday! Remember Paul Manafort? He's still in jail, don't worry. But it looks like he might be getting some company soon from his old pal Stephen Calk, who just got indicted today by the Southern District of New York.

Calk was a simple CEO and COB at the Federal Savings Bank of Chicago, but he had big dreams. He'd been an army pilot and a money guy, so he figured he was competent to be either Secretary of Treasury or Secretary of Army. He'd take Commerce or HUD, or even a cool ambassadorship to France, or the UK, or the UN -- he wasn't picky. Just any old position befitting a guy who is 100 percent going to be played by Michael McKean in the movie version of this nightmare.

Luckily Calk knew a guy on the inside. Sure that guy had recently been You're Fired from the Trump campaign for ratfucking the Ukrainian election, but Paul Manafort was still waving his bits all over Trumpland in the summer and fall of 2016, so Paul Manafort had the hookup that Calk needed. Luckily, Calk had what Manafort needed, which was MONEY. Manafort's fountain of untaxed cash had dried up since the Ukrainians gave his guy Viktor Yanukovych the boot, and he was in danger of losing multiple investment properties to foreclosure. So naturally Calk stepped up to the plate with $15 million in loans to keep the wolves at bay, because what are friends with more political ambition than scruple for, right?

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