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The Fix: Look at all these Halloween champions who dressed up like Ruth Bader Ginsburg 1.11.2014 Washington Post: Politics
I don't know, guys. I like to think that Ruth Bader Ginsburg saw this picture of Ruth Baby Ginsburg , all dressed up for Halloween, and thought: "I should send that baby a T-shirt ." I mean, I'm assuming she saw Ruth Baby Ginsburg. Last month she told Nina Totenberg that she keeps up with Notorious R.B.G. , so I think it's a safe bet that by now, someone has forwarded her this picture of an adorable kid dressed up in a baby-sized Supreme Court ...
To Beat Obamacare, Opponents Resurrect an Old Birther Argument 1.11.2014 Mother Jones
Obamacare opponents outside the Supreme Court in March, 2014 Jay Mallin/ZUMA The Supreme Court today is considering whether to hear a challenge to Obamacare that could deprive 8 million people of their newly acquired health insurance. If the court does decide to take the case, though, it will be buying into a legal argument that is frequently deployed by a different group of anti-Obama litigants—those who are trying to challenge the president's citizenship. The case, King v. Burwell , is one of a pair of lawsuits (the other is Halbig v. Burwell) seeking to strike a blow to the heart of the Affordable Care Act. As I explained last year: The argument goes something like this: When Congress wrote the ACA, it said that premium subsidies would be available for certain qualifying citizens who were "enrolled through an Exchange established by the State." (Emphasis added.) The law doesn't say that those subsidies are available to people in the 34 states that declined to set up exchanges, where residents must ...
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Can scientists patent life? The question returns to the Supreme Court 1.11.2014 LA Times: Top News
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Electing Judges Is Insane 1.11.2014 American Prospect
With a couple of minor exceptions, like a few local judgeships in Switzerland, the United States is the only country where judges are elected. Indeed, to the rest of the world, the idea of judges running for office—begging for money, airing attack ads against their opponents, thinking always about their next election even after they take the bench—is positively insane. And they're right. We've had elected judgeships for our entire history, but until the last few years, those elections were nothing like races for Congress or governorships. But those days are past—now not only are judges acting like politicians, outside groups (yes, including the Koch brothers) are pouring money into judicial races to produce courts more to their liking. And when you make judicial elections more partisan, you get more partisan judges, like one Judith French, a member of the Ohio Supreme Court who is running to retain her seat : At a Saturday event at which she introduced Republican Gov. John Kasich, French said, "I am a ...
Going beyond disclosure 1.11.2014 Hindu: Home
Confidentiality in tax matters is both an essential part of due process in preliminary proceedings and a necessary ingredient for international cooperation in curbing evasion. However, it cannot b...
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Secrecy in the name of privacy 1.11.2014 Hindu: Home
In the pursuit of black money, India has been scoring a self-goal by arguing against taking tough action, citing secrecy and privacy. In contrast, courts in the U.S. went ahead successfully in unearthing black income, ignoring such arguments and despite non-cooperation and threats by Switzerland
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kindness of strangers 31.10.2014 Telegraph: Opinion
What does it mean to depend on the kindness of strangers? And in what sort of a world is it possible for strangers to be kind without having to fear the consequences of being so? Is kindness a natural human impulse, or does it have to be nurtured and protected by law in modern societies? These are fundamental questions regarding human coexistence, and they inform the Supreme Court's recent order directing the government to enact a law that would protect those who help road- accident victims from police harassment and being summoned to court as witnesses. It is a fact that 75 per cent of bystanders do not help accident victims because of the risk of being harassed by the police and hospital authorities, and of being made a witness in court. The Supreme Court has also recommended that such helpers should be rewarded. Suddenly, being helpful does not sound simple any more. The essence of kindness, in moral science classes, was to act selflessly, without expecting a reward. But it seems to be cannier in ...
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Why I'm voting for Pat Quinn 31.10.2014 Chicago Tribune: Opinion
Last Sunday in these pages, under the headline "Why I'm voting for Bruce Rauner," my colleague Steve Chapman explained why he favors the Republican challenger in next week's gubernatorial ...
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Idaho's Otter tries to shore up base with vow to fight Supreme Court on marriage equality 31.10.2014 Daily Kos
Gov. Butch Otter, sporting a belt buckle bigger than his IQ. Idaho's Republican governor, Butch Otter, is just not ready to join the 21st century and accept full equality for every citizen in his state, vowing in a debate Thursday night to keep up a losing battle. "I'm not ready to surrender to a few folks in black robes," Otter said during a gubernatorial debate. "I'm not ready to surrender the will of the people in the state of Idaho, as they expressed in 2006 in an overwhelming majority." The Supreme Court ruled this month that same-sex marriage could proceed in Idaho, a response to an appeal to a federal court decision striking down the state's ban. Otter has since spent $10,000 on outside attorneys to keep appealing. His fight on the matter has cost the state about $90,000 in total. During Thursday's debate, Otter said his job is to defend "the entire Constitution," and that states should decide marriage laws, not the federal government. Apparently Otter is operating under his own version of the ...
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Is Your Judge for Sale? Dark Money Groups Pour Millions Into Judicial Races to Reshape Courts 31.10.2014 Truthout.com
Also see: In Depth: How Big Business Buys State Courts With the 2014 midterm elections just days away, we look at how anonymous donors are reshaping judicial races by pouring millions of dollars in "dark money" into races. Some donors see giving to the campaigns of judicial candidates as a way to get more influence, for less money than bankrolling legislative campaigns. A new investigation by Mother Jones magazine is headlined "Is Your Judge for Sale?: Thanks to Karl Rove and Citizens United, judicial elections have been overtaken by secretive interest groups, nasty ads, and the constant hustle for campaign cash." We speak to Andy Kroll, senior reporter for Mother Jones. TRANSCRIPT: This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. NERMEEN SHAIKH: We turn now to the 2014 midterm elections, which take place Tuesday, and the increasingly outsized role played by groups that don’t disclose their donors. A new investigation zeroes in on this year’s judicial races, which have drawn unprecedented ...
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Longtime administrator Sheldon Snook leaves U.S. District Court with accolades 31.10.2014 Washington Post: Politics
The well-respected public face of Washington’s federal court is saying goodbye to his job of the past 12 years and leaving for a similar job at the Supreme Court. Sheldon Snook, the longtime administrative assistant for the U.S. District Court and court liaison to the public and news media, was hailed at a farewell reception Thursday afternoon as a trusted confidante of dozens of judges and the linchpin in making the court’s high-profile trials open to the public. Among those on hand to praise his talents were numerous federal judges, court staff members, federal prosecutors, public defenders and reporters from several news ...
Ohio Supreme Court Justice: Vote For Me Because ‘I Am A Republican’ Who Will Uphold GOP Laws 31.10.2014 Think Progres

Well, give her credit for being candid.

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They Lied Until He Died: Zambia Acknowledges President's Illness Just Before His Death 31.10.2014 Global Voices
Zambia's fifth president, Michael Sata, died on October 28, 2014. Zambians question the government's decision not to tell the nation the truth about his health.
Gay marriage: Colo. Republicans, once seizing it as issue, now shrug 31.10.2014 Denver Post: News: Local
Just two years ago, Colorado's House Republican leadership felt so strongly about fighting off legal recognition for same-sex relationships that they twice torpedoed a civil unions bill ...
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M&As shackled by labour laws 31.10.2014 HBL: Home
Acquirers of Indian businesses are liable for breaches of the law by previous owners
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Is Your Judge for Sale? Dark Money Groups Pour Millions into Judicial Races to Reshape Courts 31.10.2014 Truthout - All Articles
Also see: In Depth: How Big Business Buys State Courts With the 2014 midterm elections just days away, we look at how anonymous donors are reshaping judicial races by pouring millions of dollars in "dark money" into races. Some donors see giving to the campaigns of judicial candidates as a way to get more influence, for less money than bankrolling legislative campaigns. A new investigation by Mother Jones magazine is headlined "Is Your Judge for Sale?: Thanks to Karl Rove and Citizens United, judicial elections have been overtaken by secretive interest groups, nasty ads, and the constant hustle for campaign cash." We speak to Andy Kroll, senior reporter for Mother Jones. TRANSCRIPT: This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. NERMEEN SHAIKH: We turn now to the 2014 midterm elections, which take place Tuesday, and the increasingly outsized role played by groups that don’t disclose their donors. A new investigation zeroes in on this year’s judicial races, which have drawn unprecedented ...
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How New York Schools Are Deterring Immigrants From Enrollment 31.10.2014 Think Progres

“Today’s survey demonstrates that the State Education Department (SED) has failed to enforce its own guidelines regarding immigrant student enrollment, despite being aware of the problems for years,” the NYCLU press release read.

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U.S. Supreme Court Could Decide Nation Status of Jerusalem 31.10.2014 American Prospect
My children were born in Jerusalem—to be precise, in West Jerusalem. As dual citizens, they each have an Israeli passport and an American one. In the Israeli documents, their birthplace is listed as Israel. On their U.S. passports, on the line for place of birth, "Jerusalem" appears instead of the name of a country. They applied for their passports at the U.S. Consulate in Jerusalem—which, unusually enough, is not under the auspices of an embassy but reports directly to Washington. The United States does not recognize Jerusalem as being a de jure part of any country. Occasionally, I get a chuckle out of the absurdity of this policy. But then, I think of the pride and wonder that my great-grandfather—who lived and died under the czar, in the condition called golus, exile, in Yiddish—would feel if he saw "Place of birth: Jerusalem" in his descendants' passports. Who could possibly object to being identified as being born in Jerusalem? Quite a few people. Next Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear ...
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Supreme Court considers taking on appeal on Obamacare subsidies case 31.10.2014 Daily Kos
Justice Antonin Scalia The Supreme Court will meet Friday to determine if they will hear an appeal of King v. Burwell in its docket this year. That's one of the group of cases, including Halbig that says four words in the Affordable Care Act preclude people who sign up for health insurance on the federal exchange from receiving federal subsidies to help pay their premiums. A favorable ruling from the Supreme Court would essentially gut the law, making insurance unaffordable for millions who signed up through Healthcare.gov. Five of the lawmakers who were in on the drafting of the law, and thus know what its intent is, have filed an amicus brief [pdf] with the Court, and have also penned this op-ed in the Washington Post. Those members are Sens. Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Ron Wyden (D-OR)— chairmen of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee and the Senate Finance Committee, and Reps. Sander M. Levin (D-MI), George Miller (D-CA.) and Henry A. Waxman (D-CA) who were chairmen of the House Ways ...
In Depth: How Big Business Buys State Courts 31.10.2014 Truthout.com
(Image: Judge's gavel via Shutterstock) Last Halloween, tobacco giant Reynolds American quietly cut a $30,000 check for Justice For All NC, a nonprofit that funneled more than $1.6 million in outside funding into North Carolina's 2012 Supreme Court elections, to help incumbent conservative Justice Paul Newby keep his seat on the bench. The Winston-Salem-based company's $30,000 donation was pocket change compared with the wave of outside spending that would flood the primary elections for the state's high court months later, but it was a start. (Image: Judge's gavel via Shutterstock) Last Halloween, tobacco giant Reynolds American quietly cut a $30,000 check for Justice For All NC, a nonprofit that funneled more than $1.6 million in outside funding into North Carolina's 2012 Supreme Court elections, to help incumbent conservative Justice Paul Newby keep his seat on the bench. The Winston-Salem-based company's $30,000 donation was pocket change compared with the wave of outside spending that would flood ...
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