by on September 11, 2018
Supreme Court nominee discussed notable surveillance cases during Thursday testimony. Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the third day of his Supreme Court confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill September 6, 2018 in Washington, DC. On Thursday, during the second-to-last day of hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) had an interesting exchange over recent privacy cases with the Supreme Court ju...
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by on September 11, 2018
How Bruce Ohr, President Trump’s latest Twitter target, fits a suspicious pattern of behavior on Russia. President Trump with President Putin in Helsinki in July. Trump’s odd affinity for Russia continues to cause him trouble. Donald Trump has a long history of doing what he thinks is best for Donald Trump. If he needs to discard friends, allies or wives along the way, so be it. “I’m a greedy person,” he has explained. It’s important to keep this trait in mind when trying to make se...
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by on September 9, 2018
In the final days of actress Cynthia Nixon’s insurgent campaign against incumbent New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo, she and her supporters have taken to repeating three names as if an incantation: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Andrew Gillum and Ayanna Pressley. Cynthia Nixon speaks during the Democratic gubernatorial primary debate with Cynthia Nixon at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York August 29, 2018 All three were candidates from the party’s emboldened left wing who seemed d...
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by on September 8, 2018
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo hired a lobbyist for a natural-gas pipeline company to run his re-election campaign at the same time his administration was throwing a potential lifeline to the company’s controversial New Jersey-New York pipeline project. Less than three months before the administration postponed a decision on the project, The Williams Companies also donated $100,000 to a Democratic Party governors’ organization that supports Cuomo, government records show.   Cuomo Ca...
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by on September 7, 2018
Mayor: Atlanta will no longer accept ICE detainees at the city jail. Atlanta is preparing to permanently end its relationship with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in regards to accepting immigration detainees at the Atlanta City Jail, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced Thursday. “We will no longer be complicit with a policy that intentionally inflicts misery on a vulnerable population without giving any thought to the fallout,” Lance Bottoms said. “As the birthplace of the ...
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by on September 7, 2018
The 25th Amendment defines what happens if a president is ‘unable’ to discharge his duties. A stunning, unsigned op-ed in The New York Times reported on Sept. 5 that members of President Donald Trump’s Cabinet discussed removing him from power by using the 25th Amendment, but decided against it to avoid causing a “constitutional crisis.” As a law professor who studies the presidency, I have written extensively on the 25th Amendment. Interest in this form of presidential removal may ...
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by on September 6, 2018
Strong encryption can be a threat to law enforcement and national security, the governments of the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand said in a statement issued Sunday. "The increasing use and sophistication of certain encryption designs present challenges for nations in combating serious crimes and threats to national and global security," maintained the countries, which are known as the "Five Eyes" based on an agreement they entered to cooperate on signal i...
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by on September 5, 2018
Supreme Court nominee recruited black law clerks and lamented racism, yet helped develop arguments against affirmative action. Brett Kavanaugh, bottom right, and fellow Yale Law School classmates reunite in Maryland in 1992. ‘You can tell a lot about somebody playing basketball with them, and seeing how they interact with people,’ said Ken Christmas, top left. Assigned in early 2001 to help remake the federal bench with fresh conservative faces, Brett Kavanaugh, then an associate cou...
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by on September 2, 2018
Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. Whenever a Supreme Court seat must be filled, we’re confronted with a fundamental battle over the meaning of the Constitution: Is it a living document, or can it only be plumbed for the founders’ “original intent”? The so-called originalists have loudly praised President Trump’s nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to replace Justice Anthony M. Kennedy. Their cheers, of course, signal a nominee they expect to tip the court in favor of th...
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by on September 1, 2018
Polo Grounds in Washington Heights The New York City Housing Authority has not been forthcoming about the number of children exposed to and poisoned by lead paint in its buildings, and only now are New Yorkers starting to get a clear picture of the severity of the problem. On Thursday, the Health Department released its Childhood Blood Lead Level Surveillance Quarterly Report, revealing that 1,160 kids living in public housing have tested positive for lead poisoning since 2012. A DOH p...
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by on August 30, 2018
The conspiracy theorist Alex Jones faces three defamation lawsuits filed by the relatives of Sandy Hook victims. A Texas judge denied the motion by the conspiracy theorist Alex Jones to dismiss a defamation lawsuit brought against him and his Infowars operation by the parents of a Sandy Hook shooting victim, in a ruling released on Thursday. The lawsuit was filed in state district court in Austin by Veronique De La Rosa and Leonard Pozner, parents of Noah Pozner, who was 6 years old wh...
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by on August 29, 2018
The Mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, said Wednesday that bureaucracy and inefficiency across local and federal government entities are to blame for the deaths of nearly 3,000 on the island in the wake of Hurricane Maria, which came to light as part of a newly released study commissioned by the Puerto Rican government. San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz In particular, Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz blamed President Donald Trump, federal officials and Puerto Rican officials for not providing more ...
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