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George F. Will: End the filibuster's power of obstruction 30.3.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
WASHINGTON • The Senate’s coming confirmation of Neil Gorsuch will improve the Supreme Court, and Democrats’ incontinent opposition to him will inadvertently improve the Senate — if Republicans are provoked to thoroughly reform the filibuster. If eight Democrats will not join the 52 Republicans in providing 60 votes to end debate and bring Gorsuch’s nomination to a vote, Republicans should go beyond extending to Supreme Court nominees the prohibition of filibusters concerning other judicial nomi...
The filibuster isn’t what it used to be. It’s time to bring the old way back. 30.3.2017 Washington Post: Op-Eds
The now-trivialized procedure was originally designed to compel compromise.
Spotlight on green news and views: Denier-in-chief nixes Obama climate actions; KXL resistance 30.3.2017 Daily Kos
This is the 492nd edition of the Spotlight on Green News & Views (previously known as the Green Diary Rescue) usually appears twice a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Here  is the March 25 Green Spotlight. More than 26,735 environmentally oriented stories have been rescued to appear in this series since 2006. Inclusion of a story in the Spotlight does not necessarily indicate my agreement with or endorsement of it. OUTSTANDING GREEN STORIES  Mary Anne Hitt writes— Trump Attacks Climate Plan, But We Won’t Go Backwards : “In today’s move, Trump  instructed EPA to begin the process of repealing the CPP  by instructing EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to review and rewrite the standard. The Executive Order further directs the EPA to not defend the Clean Power Plan, which is in the midst of a legal challenge brought by polluters and fossil fuel heavy states. However, that doesn’t mean all hope is lost for the CPP. In 2007, the Supreme Court ruled that greenhouse gases are air pollutants under the Clean Air ...
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Roberts, Alito: Cops who illegally entered home without warrant, shot married couple can't be sued . . . because the cops likely would have shot the couple anyway. 30.3.2017 Washington Post: Op-Eds
Roberts, Alito: Cops who illegally entered home without warrant, shot married couple can't be sued . . . because the cops likely would have shot the couple anyway.
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Fox's Jeanine Pirro Exposes Appalling Results of 1982 Illegal-Immigrant Education Decision 30.3.2017 NewsBusters
CNN's Brian Stelter angrily contends that the rape of a 14 year-old girl at Rockville High School in Montgomery County, Maryland on March 16 at the hands of two late-teen illegal immigrant freshman classmates should never have been a national story — and the fact that it is to an extent, despite obvious attempts to blackball it by the Big Three broadcast networks, is all Fox News's fault. The real question, which the public education establishment and their accomplices in the press don't want anyone to ask, is this: What has happened in the nation's schools during the past 35 years as a result of the Supreme Court's 1982 Plyler vs. Doe decision, which opened the floodgates allowing children in this country illegally unlimited access to U.S. public ...
Trump’s agenda is now squarely in Mitch McConnell’s, and the Senate’s, hands 30.3.2017 Washington Post: Politics
In the face of intensifying Democratic resistance to the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch as well as funding for a border wall, McConnell is searching for bipartisan support — and a win for Republicans.
Supreme Court rules merchants may pursue free-speech challenge to disclose credit cards fees 30.3.2017 LA Times: Commentary

Merchants may soon have the right to tell customers they will pay a surcharge if they use a credit card rather than pay with cash.

The Supreme Court cast doubt Wednesday on laws in California, New York, Florida and seven other states that make it illegal for sellers to "impose a surcharge" on credit...

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2 women charge racial discrimination at Fox News 30.3.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
New York • Two black women who work at Fox News Channel have charged in a lawsuit that they were subjected to “yearslong relentless racial” hostility at the hands of a top financial executive at the network who has since been fired. Tichaona Brown and Tabrese Wright, who sued this week in New York State Supreme Court in the Bronx, said their boss talked about her physical fear of black people, humiliated them by making them repeat words she believes blacks pronounce incorrectly and mocked the “B... <iframe src="" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
A Philippine senator defies her president — from behind bars 30.3.2017 L.A. Times - World News

When a Philippine senator called for an investigation into President Rodrigo Duterte’s bloody drug war, he retaliated with a verbal tirade that included threats to make her cry, throw her in jail and destroy her.

Duterte, known to bristle at any kind of criticism, made good on his first two promises....

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Clamping down on creativity 30.3.2017 Hindu: Op-Ed
By censoring films at the behest of a few, we embolden fringe groups to take the law into their hands
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Schumer: 'Change the nominee, not the rules' 30.3.2017 Washington Post: Politics
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) warned Republicans not to choose the option to "go nuclear," and change Senate rules to overcome a potential filibuster of Judge Gorsuch's nomination to the Supreme Court. "If they decide to change the rules, it'll be on their back," he said.
Democratic senators step up to resist Trump's Supreme Court nominee 30.3.2017 Daily Kos
If Senate Democrats are looking for good reasons to not just oppose Neil Gorsuch's confirmation to the Supreme Court, but to force Mitch McConnell to go nuclear to get him on the court, there's plenty. Let's start with the fact that this is a stolen seat. By all rights, the only person who should be considered for the court is Merrick Garland, President Obama's highly qualified and completely noncontroversial nominee who was blockaded by Republicans in an unprecedented and unprincipled display of partisanship. You don't like the idea that maybe it's tit-for-tat and you don't want to look petty. Get over it. There are plenty of reasons based in Gorsuch's person, however, if Democrats need them. Like the fact that Gorsuch is a right-wing extremist so bought-into right-wing extremism that he uses "Democrat" as an adjective. That's an implicit tip-off to anyone paying attention that he is a supremely political actor and will be serving the far-right before serving the constitution. He's an ideologue and will ...
Will the Senate invoke the 'nuclear option' for Gorsuch? 29.3.2017 Politico
McConnell to Republican senators: 'Feel no guilt' for going nuclear on Gorusch 29.3.2017 Daily Kos
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell certainly isn't one to be plagued by guilt. After all, he presided over the most baselessly obstructionist Senate in history, including the unprecedented and unprincipled total blockade of President Obama's nominee to the Supreme Court, Merrick Garland. So when he tells his conference to "feel no guilt" over getting rid of the filibuster to install the right-wing extremist Neil Gorsuch to the bench, he's speaking from personal experience. Mitch McConnell told his leadership team in private this week what's becoming increasingly obvious on Capitol Hill: Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch probably won't get 60 votes to avoid a filibuster. But the Senate majority leader had an equally pressing message: Republicans should have no compunction about pulling the trigger on the "nuclear option" — with Democrats resisting a high court nominee as well-pedigreed as Gorsuch. "Feel no guilt," McConnell said, according to attendees. McConnell's attempt to buck up his GOP ranks, ...
20 years ago, Ted Cruz published a law paper proving companies could always beat customers with terms of service 29.3.2017 Boing Boing
You might think that when companies impose crappy, abusive terms of service on their customers that the market could sort it out, by creating competition to see who could offer the best terms and thus win the business of people fed up with bad actors. You'd be wrong. In a devastating 1996 Hastings Law Journal article, Cruz -- then a clerk for Supreme Court justice Rehnquist -- sets out the case that companies would not lose enough business from the tiny minority of obsessives willing to read through the long, dull terms of service and think through whether they'll interfere with their enjoyment of their property to make it worth modifying those terms. This would lead all the companies in a space to converge on a set of terms that are nightmarishly abusive. This is exactly what's happened in the 20 years since. This month, now-Senator Cruz voted to allow ISPs to spy on their customers and sell their most intimate data -- as well as injecting intrusive ads and trackers into their internet traffic -- on the ...
A 'nuclear' Senate showdown next week appears all but inevitable 29.3.2017 Minnesota Public Radio: News
If Senate Democrats are determined to oppose the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch, Senate Republicans are just as determined to confirm him.
Senator Aims to End Phone Searches at Airports and Borders 29.3.2017 Mother Jones
More than a month after Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) requested information about US Customs and Border Protection's practice of searching cell phones at US borders and airports, he's still waiting for answers—but he's not waiting to introduce legislation to end the practice. "It's very concerning that [the Department of Homeland Security] hasn't managed to answer my questions about the number of digital searches at the border, five weeks after I requested that basic information," Wyden, a leading congressional advocate for civil liberties and privacy, told Mother Jones on Tuesday through a spokesman. "If CBP were to undertake a system of indiscriminate digital searches, that would distract CBP from its core mission, dragging time and attention away from catching the bad guys." Wyden's request to DHS and CBP came on the heels of a February 18 report from the Associated Press of a "fivefold increase" in electronic media searches in fiscal year 2016 over the previous year, from fewer than 5,000 to nearly 24,000. ...
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Supreme Court relives a horrific murder that shocked Washington decades ago 29.3.2017 Washington Post: Politics
Justices are considering whether prosecutors withheld important evidence in the Catherine Fuller case.
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The mutually assured destruction of the filibuster 29.3.2017 Washington Post: Politics
The filibuster is already dying. We're just debating how long to leave it on life support.
A 'Nuclear' Senate Showdown Next Week Appears All But Inevitable 29.3.2017 NPR News
If Senate Democrats are determined to oppose the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch, Senate Republicans are just as determined to confirm him.
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