Tag: Law

Tennessee Gov. Declares Day Honoring Slave Trader and Early Leader of the KKK

Mary Barra, General Motors Chairman and CEO, speaks with Bill Lee, Governor of Tennessee.Photo: Bill Pugliano (Getty Images) Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee tipped his hand, and it’s racist AF. For some reason that only Southern states will understand, Lee signed a proclamation declaring July 13 Nathan Bedford Forrest Day. Who in the fuck was Forrest? […]

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The War to Empower Rural White Voters Is Bigger Than Trump

One month before Donald Trump launched his presidential bid, the Supreme Court agreed to consider a bid by conservative legal activists to rejigger the boundaries of American electoral politics in their favor. The plaintiffs in the case, Evenwel v. Abbott, argued that Texas should not use total population numbers in determining how to redistrict the […]

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The Kids Aren’t Alright

The annual G20 summit is a dry, diplomatic affair that rarely offers viral moments. This year’s gathering in Japan was an exception, thanks to Ivanka Trump. The French government posted a clip last weekend that shows British Prime Minister Theresa May and French President Emmanuel Macron deep in discussion as the president’s eldest daughter awkwardly […]

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‘Girls Do Porn’ Goes to Trial Over Allegations Women Were Tricked Into Videos

Twenty-two women are suing the adult video production company Girls Do Porn for fraud, coercion, and misrepresentation, after the company spread and sold the videos online—even after it promised the films would likely never reach a wide audience. According to NBC 7 in San Diego, the lawsuit alleges that Girls Do Porn owners Michael Pratt […]

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The Supreme Court’s Covert Plan to Gut the EPA’s Powers

Nearly four decades ago, Anne Gorsuch Burford resigned as the head of the Environmental Protection Agency. Though at the helm for less than two years, she left behind a notorious anti-environment legacy, slashing the agency’s budget by 22 percent and claiming to have cut the length of clean water regulations by more than 90 percent. […]

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Neil Gorsuch Scorns the “Offended” Atheists

A broad majority of the Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that an enormous Christian cross standing on public land, and funded by public money, does not violate the Constitution’s separation of church and state. In their written opinions, both for and against the ruling, most of the justices framed the dispute in relatively neutral terms. […]

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An Administration Run by Temp Workers

It’s been six months since the Department of Defense had a permanent leader. After Secretary of Defense James Mattis resigned in protest in December, President Donald Trump named Patrick Shanahan, the department’s deputy secretary and a former Boeing executive, as its acting head. Then Shanahan stepped down on Tuesday after domestic-violence incidents in his family […]

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Ex-President Trump on Trial

It’s March 2021, two months since President Kamala Harris was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States. The Senate has just confirmed her nominee for attorney general in a mostly party-line vote, after two moderate Republican senators voted to end a filibuster. In a phone call to the country’s new top federal […]

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The Judge and the Three-Strikes Convict

On the night before Christmas, 1996, wearing a black felt cowboy hat and cowboy boots, Joseph Scott Wharton strode up to the cash register of a Walgreens in Kent, Washington, placed a Santa Claus hat and some rolls of film on the counter, and demanded all of the money. “Don’t be foolish,” he said. “Don’t […]

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“It’s High Time This Whole Matter Get Revisited”

Robert Mueller made a surprising assertion last month about the limits of his power last month. In his report on Russia’s interference in the 2016 election and President Trump’s potential obstruction of the investigation, the special counsel explained that Justice Department policy effectively prevented him from charging Trump with a crime while in office. But […]

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A Historic Breakthrough for Sex Workers’ Rights

Back in February, advocates for sex worker rights in New York announced their intention to fully decriminalize prostitution in the state. But no one really suspected then that within two weeks, Democratic candidates for president would be pledging support for competing legislative visions of what they called (at times, incorrectly) sex work decriminalization. Quite suddenly, […]

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Australia’s Media Raids and the Decline of Press Freedom Worldwide

Americans with insomnia and a Twitter account may have seen a disturbing sight on Tuesday night. Half a world away, the Australian Federal Police, the country’s equivalent of the FBI, raided the offices of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, the country’s equivalent of the BBC. John Lyons, the executive editor of ABC, published a blow-by-blow account […]

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A Better Way to Fix the Supreme Court

What should be done about the Supreme Court? Liberals, still seething after the Merrick Garland blockade and Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation, are bracing for imminent defeats from the Roberts Court on everything from partisan gerrymandering to abortion rights. Conservatives like Mitch McConnell and Leonard Leo, flush with victory in the judicial wars, are dropping the pretense […]

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The Burden Is Already “Undue” for Millions of Women in America

It’s been a grim few months for abortion rights in America. Multiple states, including Alabama and Georgia, have passed a wave of draconian new restrictions on the procedure, buoyed by the perception that the Supreme Court could soon overturn Roe v. Wade. Missouri is about to hit an even more dire milestone: Unless a judge […]

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Democrats Just Ran Out of Excuses on Impeachment

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s surprise press conference on Wednesday morning contained no surprises. He offered no new evidence that could be used against President Donald Trump, and reiterated what he’d already made clear in his report last month: Only Congress can hold Trump accountable for obstructing justice in the Russia investigation. But Mueller’s brief media […]

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Make the IRS Great Again

The story of human government is largely the story of tax collection. One of the oldest written records, a 6,000-year-old clay tablet found in the Mesopotamian city of Lagash, captures a citizen’s dread about the heavy financial levies imposed upon them. “You can have a lord, you can have a king, but the man to […]

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A Presidency That Will Live in Infamy

The House Judiciary Committee convened on Tuesday without its star witness. Don McGahn, the former White House counsel and a key witness in the Mueller report, refused to appear after President Trump ordered him not to testify. New York Representative Jerry Nadler, the committee’s Democratic chairman, told the assembled lawmakers and spectators that congressional subpoenas […]

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The Democrats’ Plan to Save Abortion Rights Is Full of Asterisks

When Alabama last week passed an outright abortion ban, with no exceptions for rape or incest, it drove home a frightening reality: The Republican Party, if given enough power, will fully rob women of their reproductive rights—indeed of their agency as human beings. The state also potentially upset a quieter conservative legal strategy across America […]

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