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Los Angeles’s “Counter-Terrorism” Program Could Sweep 10 Million Into Dragnet 20.7.2018
The city’s Countering Violent Extremism program is drawing fire from many quarters.

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Q&A: Prospects for Redistricting Reform 20.7.2018 American Prospect
Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call via AP Images Shirley Connuck, right, of Falls Church, Virginia, holds up a sign representing a district in Texas, as the Supreme Court hears a case on possible partisan gerrymandering by state legislatures in October 2017.  In its most recent term, the Supreme Court  punted  two cases about gerrymandering back to lower courts. These cases questioned the district lines in Wisconsin and Maryland that state legislators drew after the 2010 census. Plaintiffs claimed that the lines, drawn by officials up for re-election, unfairly favored specific political parties and incumbents, prevented competitive elections, and misrepresented the state’s political demographics. Without those Supreme Court decisions, the redistricting processremains vulnerable to gerrymandering. Proposed  changes  to the upcoming census could also influence the redistricting process after 2020, but individual states have taken action to make the redistricting process fairer. The American Prospect spoke to ...
'Blinking Red': Top U.S. Election System Vendor, ES&S, Lied About Remote Access Software: 'BradCast' 7/19/2018 20.7.2018 BradBlog
As noted at the top of today's BradCast, it's worth buckling up before listening. [Audio link to show follows below.] We begin, gently enough, with the news of California's Supreme Court temporarily nixing a billionaire's statewide initiative from this November's ballot which, if adopted, would split the state into three. We ...
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Initiative To Split California Into Three States Blocked From Appearing On Ballot 19.7.2018 Outside the Beltway
An initiative that would have purported to split California into three separate states has been barred by the California Supreme Court from appearing on the November ballot.
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Oklahoma Could Execute Potentially Innocent Prisoners With Nitrogen Gas 19.7.2018
Oklahoma has ended its moratorium on the death penalty but the flaws and racial bias in its judicial system remain.

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On Birthright Citizenship 19.7.2018 Outside the Beltway
More evidence that the politics of the moment aren't just about illegal immigration.
Minn. Supreme Court allows pipeline protesters to use climate 'necessity defense' 19.7.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Climate change protesters are claiming victory in their effort to present an unusual "necessity defense" against felony charges stemming from efforts to shut down oil pipelines.
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What would happen in Minnesota if Roe vs Wade is overturned? 18.7.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: News
President Trump's nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court opens the door to overturning the decision that made abortion legal in the U.S. But if that happens, what would the law be in Minnesota?
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Early Polling Finds Public Lukewarm On Kavanaugh Nomination 18.7.2018 Outside the Beltway
Initial polling on Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court find the public more divided than they have been for other recent SCOTUS picks, but that's unlikely to impact the fate of his nomination.
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Uh Oh. Kavanaugh's SCOTUS Seat In Trouble Over Video: He Would Overturn Counsel Rule 18.7.2018 Crooks Liars
This is bad. Like, bipartisan bad for Brett Kavanaugh. You're not supposed to have an opinion on a case that might come before the court. And two short years ago Brett Kavanagh shot the puppy on the Special Counsel rule. Asked at an American Enterprise Institute (don't get me started) forum if there were any cases he would overturn, Kavanaugh demurred at first but as an afterthought said "Morrison v. Olson." That's the independent counsel rule that, while not exactly the rule that made the Robert Mueller probe possible, definitely raises huge red flags as to how Kavanaugh might rule FOR Trump in issues regarding the Mueller probe. It's not like they had to dig that answer out of him, either. Uh oh. It wasn't even like he was asked about this case specifically. Asked an open-ended question about a *single* case that he thought should be overturned, Kavanaugh named the decision that upheld the constitutionality of the independent counsel. ...
Why Trump hasn’t been impeached – and likely won’t be 18.7.2018 The Moderate Voice

Trump with the men who would replace him – Vice President Mike Pence on the left and House Speaker Paul Ryan on the left. Win McNamee/AP Pool Jacob Neiheisel, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York Editor’s note: Removing a president from office is a two-step process. The first step is impeachment. That’s […]

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Kavanaugh Scorns International Law and Loves Executive Power 18.7.2018
If confirmed, Kavanaugh will almost certainly defer to a law-breaking president.

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Dark money groups get a little darker, thanks to IRS 18.7.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Advocates say it's a First Amendment issue. Critics say it's opening the door to secret money from foreign sources.
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Why Rahul was right in keeping conservative Muslims out 17.7.2018 Rediff: News
Rahul Gandhi has not erred by not engaging with Muslim conservatives.
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Inside the Koch Family’s 60-Year Anti-Union Campaign That Gave Us “Janus” 16.7.2018
Right-to-work is part of the Koch vision.

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The States Are Now the Best Route to Gerrymandering Reform 16.7.2018 American Prospect
AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin Sara Fitzgerald, left, and Michael Martin, both with the group One Virginia, protest gerrymandering in front of the Supreme Court while the justices hear arguments on a gerrymandering case It's been a tough few weeks for gerrymandering reform. Two decisions in the closing days of the Supreme Court’s term, Gill v. Whitford and Abbott v. Perez, have raised barriers to proving claims of gerrymandering. With the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy, those barriers will only worsen. The writing is on the wall: It's time for trench warfare.  In Gill, a case concerning partisan gerrymandering in Wisconsin, the Court refused to address the legal theory that voters with a shared political affiliation can be harmed by a statewide pattern of baroque districting. Despite being presented with easy and clear mathematical tests to calculate the statewide impact of partisan gerrymandering, the Court insisted on a district-by-district analysis. Unfortunately, this piecemeal approach opens the ...
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Judge Kavanaugh’s Extremist Position on the Second Amendment 16.7.2018 American Prospect
AP Photo/Evan Vucci Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh leaves a meeting with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Capitol Hill. As both supporters and opponents of  Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination  marshal the arguments most likely to persuade swing Democratic and Republican senators, his writings and judicial record are being scoured for evidence that he has taken positions that are not only conservative, but so radical as to be “outside the mainstream.” Indeed, the charge of being “outside the mainstream” was a potent weapon in the successful fight to oppose Robert Bork’s nomination more than 30 years ago. Even now, it is a label every Supreme Court nominee dearly wants to avoid. There is at least one issue on which Judge Kavanaugh is plainly  outside the mainstream  of current jurisprudential thought: guns and the Second Amendment. Unlike the four federal appeals courts that have upheld assault weapon bans, Kavanaugh believes that semi-automatic assault rifles, like the AR-15 ...
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The US’ Flawed Democracy 16.7.2018 Outside the Beltway
Forget the "republic v. a democracy" abstraction. The numbers show some serious flaws in translating popular will into government.
The Kavanaugh Nomination and Labor 15.7.2018
Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court has demonstrated consistent preference for the interests of employers.

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Al Franken: Questions I Would Ask Brett Kavanaugh 15.7.2018 Crooks Liars
From Al Franken's Facebook page: When Judge Brett Kavanaugh appears before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senators will have an opportunity to examine his record, his judicial philosophy, and his qualifications for a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court. I wish I could be there. Because I have some questions I’d love to see him answer. 1. Judge Kavanaugh, welcome. I’d like to start with a series of yes or no questions. The first one is a gimme. Do you think it’s proper for judges to make determinations based on their ideological preconceptions or their personal biases? He’ll say no, of course. 2. Good. Would you agree that judges should make determinations based on their understanding of the facts? 3. And would you agree that it’s important for a judge to obtain a full and fair understanding of the facts before making a determination? This is all pretty standard stuff. Then, however, I’d turn to an issue that’s received a bit of attention—but not nearly enough. 4. When you were introduced by ...
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