Trump Allies Amp Up Fight Over Tech’s Legal Shield Before Election

Their animosity is likely to be on full display at a hearing on Wednesday with the leaders of Facebook, Google and Twitter.

#biden-hunter, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #censorship, #commerce-department, #dorsey-jack, #executive-orders-and-memorandums, #federal-communications-commission, #federal-trade-commission, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #law-and-legislation, #pichai-sundar, #social-media, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #zuckerberg-mark-e

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In the Pandemic, a Shifting Ballot Debate on Legalizing Drugs

A wave of marijuana measures are on the ballot in states that once resisted them. Oregon would go further with a proposal to decriminalize drugs such as heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine.

#initiatives, #law-and-legislation, #marijuana, #medical-marijuana, #oregon

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Fix, or Toss? The ‘Right to Repair’ Movement Gains Ground

Both Republicans and Democrats are pursuing laws to make it easier for people to fix cellphones, cars, even hospital ventilators. In Europe, the movement is further along.

#apple-inc, #consumer-protection, #deerecompany, #environment, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #home-appliances, #law-and-legislation

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To Recognize Misinformation in Media, Teach a Generation While It’s Young

There is no silver bullet to slay internet lies and fictions. But students can be taught to know when information is reliable.

#atlanta-ga, #australia, #boston-mass, #censorship, #clark-katherine-m, #computers-and-the-internet, #connecticut, #e-learning, #education-k-12, #europe, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #illiteracy, #kim-jong-un, #klobuchar-amy, #law-and-legislation, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #massachusetts, #news-and-news-media, #reading-and-writing-skills-education, #rumors-and-misinformation, #russia, #social-media, #united-states

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Biden Punts on Expanding the Supreme Court, Calling for Bipartisan Review

The Democratic presidential nominee said he would appoint a bipartisan commission to examine whether an overhaul is needed to the judiciary and to make recommendations.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #barrett-amy-coney, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #ginsburg-ruth-bader, #law-and-legislation, #liberalism-us-politics, #presidential-election-of-2020, #supreme-court-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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The Police Can Probably Break Into Your Phone

At least 2,000 law enforcement agencies have tools to get into encrypted smartphones, according to new research, and they are using them far more than previously known.

#american-civil-liberties-union, #computer-security, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #law-and-legislation, #national-assn-of-police-organizations, #search-and-seizure, #smartphones, #vance-cyrus-r-jr

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Google Up Against Laws That Thwarted Microsoft (and Others Since 1890)

The Justice Department’s antitrust case points to restrictive contracts, a focus that a professor said “is as old as the Sherman Act.”

#advertising-and-marketing, #alphabet-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #computers-and-the-internet, #google-inc, #hemphill-scott, #justice-department, #law-and-legislation, #microsoft-corp, #search-engines, #software, #wu-timothy

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San Francisco’s CAREN Bill Opposes 911 Racial Profiling

The legislation has an eye-catching acronym, CAREN, and would allow lawsuits against people who are motivated by bias when calling the police.

#black-people, #discrimination, #law-and-legislation, #racial-profiling, #san-francisco-calif, #supreme-court-us

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The Supreme Court’s Test: Preserving Its Legitimacy

Joe Biden should be open to enlarging the number of justices. But first, he should see if the conservative majority overplays its hand.

#barrett-amy-coney, #constitution-us, #law-and-legislation, #supreme-court-us, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Bill Offering L.G.B.T. Protections in Italy Spurs Rallies on Both Sides

Supporters frame the measure as a long-overdue means to provide basic human rights. Opponents depict it as an overreaching step that would suppress opinion.

#assaults, #discrimination, #gender, #hate-crimes, #hate-speech, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #italy, #law-and-legislation, #transgender-and-transsexuals, #women-and-girls

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G.O.P.-Appointed Judges Threaten Democracy, Liberals Seeking Court Expansion Say

A new study found a partisan pattern in rulings that could make it easier or harder to vote, fueling a debate among Democrats over court packing.

#conservatism-us-politics, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #democratic-party, #federal-courts-us, #law-and-legislation, #republican-party, #united-states-politics-and-government

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18 Hours of Questions, Few Answers: What We Learned About Amy Coney Barrett

The Supreme Court nominee would not say whether the president could pardon himself or delay the election, but she displayed a sure command of the law.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #barrett-amy-coney, #law-and-legislation, #senate-committee-on-the-judiciary, #supreme-court-us, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Republicans Clash on Stimulus Package as Trump Says ‘Go Big’

The president said he wanted a much larger package than the $1.8 trillion measure under discussion. The top Senate Republican said his party could not accept a deal anywhere near that big.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #democratic-party, #house-of-representatives, #law-and-legislation, #mcconnell-mitch, #mnuchin-steven-t, #pelosi-nancy, #republican-party, #senate, #stimulus-economic, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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In Fights Over Face Masks, Echoes of the American Seatbelt Wars

Seatbelt laws were a hard sell in state capitals as opponents argued they were uncomfortable or an imposition on personal liberty. Sound familiar?

#coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #law-and-legislation, #massachusetts, #michigan, #national-highway-traffic-safety-administration, #new-hampshire, #politics-and-government, #seatbelts, #states-us

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Draft Bill Rejected in Germany Over Feminine Wording

When proposed legislation in Germany used the feminine form for groups of men and women rather than the usual masculine, it was rejected as potentially invalid.

#discrimination, #gender, #german-language, #law-and-legislation, #merkel-angela, #seehofer-horst, #women-and-girls

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Focusing on Firearms Proves Contentious in Struggle to Reduce Veterans’ Suicides

The gun control debate complicated an effort to encourage frank talk by health professionals about the risks posed by firearms.

#firearms, #gun-control, #hannon-john-scott-d-2018, #law-and-legislation, #mental-health-and-disorders, #suicides-and-suicide-attempts, #united-states-politics-and-government, #veterans, #veterans-affairs-department

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Federal Judge Strikes Down Waiting Period for Abortion in Tennessee

The ruling, which called the state’s 48-hour waiting period “gratuitously demeaning,” came at a pivotal moment for abortion access, as the Senate considers Judge Amy Coney Barrett for the Supreme Court.

#abortion, #center-for-reproductive-rights, #decisions-and-verdicts, #friedman-bernard-a, #law-and-legislation, #supreme-court-us, #tennessee

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‘Severability’ Could Save Health Law, Graham Says and Barrett Seems to Agree

Warnings from Democrats that Republicans and their Supreme Court nominee threaten the Affordable Care Act elicited reassuring words from both Senator Lindsey Graham and Judge Amy Coney Barrett.

#barrett-amy-coney, #graham-lindsey, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #law-and-legislation, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #senate, #senate-committee-on-the-judiciary, #supreme-court-us, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Barrett’s Testimony Is a Deft Mix of Expertise and Evasion

Judge Amy Coney Barrett demonstrated easy familiarity with Supreme Court precedents but said almost nothing about whether they should stand.

#abortion, #appointments-and-executive-changes, #barrett-amy-coney, #ginsburg-ruth-bader, #kagan-elena, #law-and-legislation, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #senate-committee-on-the-judiciary, #supreme-court-us, #united-states-politics-and-government

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A $52,112 Helicopter Ride: Coronavirus Patients Battle Surprise Medical Bills

Congress was close to a solution before getting hit with millions of dollars of ads from private-equity firms. Then the pandemic struck.

#air-methods-corp, #ambulances, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #law-and-legislation, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry

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Republicans’ Galling Bad Faith About the Supreme Court

It’s way too late for the right to pretend to care about civic norms.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #barrett-amy-coney, #conservatism-us-politics, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #democratic-party, #federal-courts-us, #garland-merrick-b, #law-and-legislation, #republican-party, #supreme-court-us, #supreme-courts-state, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Rooted in Faith, Representing a New Conservatism: Amy Coney Barrett’s Path to a Court Pick

As Judge Barrett’s confirmation hearings are set to begin, her background and résumé mark a stark departure from more traditional nominees to the Supreme Court.

#appeals-courts-us, #appointments-and-executive-changes, #barrett-amy-coney, #christians-and-christianity, #conservatism-us-politics, #education-k-12, #families-and-family-life, #law-and-legislation, #legal-profession, #mcgahn-donald-f-ii, #roman-catholic-church, #supreme-court-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #university-of-notre-dame, #women-and-girls

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How Could Vote-by-Mail Impact the Election? Look at Michigan

Vote-by-mail has become one of the most contentious issues of the 2020 election. But while battles rage on social media and in the courts, a group of bipartisan Michigan election officials worry they won’t have the time or resources to ensure results on election night.

#absentee-voting, #benson-jocelyn, #elections-state-legislature, #johnson-ruth-1955, #law-and-legislation, #michigan, #presidential-election-of-2020, #rutenberg-jim, #trump-donald-j, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #voting-and-voters

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Dead, Alive, on Life Support? Confusion Reigns on Stimulus as Talks Continue

Mixed messages from the president and his advisers have muddled an already tumultuous negotiation.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #law-and-legislation, #mcconnell-mitch, #mnuchin-steven-t, #pelosi-nancy, #stimulus-economic, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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In Scuttling Stimulus Talks, Trump Invites Political Risk for Himself and Republicans

The politics of a bipartisan deal were always tricky, but the president’s abrupt move to upend negotiations removed any ambiguity about who was responsible for the lack of an aid bill.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #elections-senate, #law-and-legislation, #presidential-election-of-2020, #stimulus-economic, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Pointers From Portugal on Addiction and the Drug War

Decriminalization involves trade-offs, but treating addiction as a disease yields a clear gain, research suggests.

#drug-abuse-and-traffic, #law-and-legislation, #marijuana, #opioids-and-opiates, #portugal

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‘Real Change’: A Race Is On to Register Ex-Felons in Florida

Activists armed with millions of dollars from donors like Michael Bloomberg and LeBron James are canvassing in Florida to help former felons register to vote before a deadline on Monday.

#ex-convicts, #florida, #florida-rights-restoration-coalition, #law-and-legislation, #liberty-city-miami-fla, #politics-and-government, #presidential-election-of-2020, #voter-registration-and-requirements

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Jobs Report Shows Further Slowdown in U.S. Economic Recovery

Payrolls grew last month, but permanent layoffs are rising, the labor force is contracting, and fewer women are employed.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #labor-and-jobs, #labor-department-us, #law-and-legislation, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #shutdowns-institutional, #unemployment, #united-states-economy, #women-and-girls

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Indonesia’s Covid Stimulus Plan Is Criticized by Environmentalists and Unions

Critics say the sweeping measure near passage in Parliament would lead to greater deforestation and the loss of worker protections.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #indonesia, #joko-widodo, #labor-and-jobs, #law-and-legislation, #politics-and-government

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With Bipartisan Deal Elusive, Democrats Push Through Their Own Stimulus Bill

Lawmakers approved the measure along party lines, even as Speaker Nancy Pelosi said a late-stage agreement with the administration was still possible.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #house-of-representatives, #law-and-legislation, #mnuchin-steven-t, #pelosi-nancy, #stimulus-economic, #unemployment-insurance, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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New Layoffs Add to Worries Over U.S. Economic Slowdown

A standoff over further federal aid and concern over the pandemic’s duration are pushing companies to eliminate jobs.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #labor-and-jobs, #law-and-legislation, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #recession-and-depression, #stimulus-economic, #unemployment, #unemployment-insurance, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Airlines, Facing a Slow Recovery, Begin Furloughing Thousands

With few people traveling and lawmakers deadlocked on a stimulus package, American Airlines and United Airlines are cutting more than 30,000 jobs.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #american-airlines, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #delta-air-lines-inc, #law-and-legislation, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #southwest-airlines-company, #stimulus-economic, #travel-and-vacations, #treasury-department, #united-airlines, #united-states, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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D.C. Statehood Is Good for the Democrats, Good for Democracy

It has to be a priority.

#democratic-party, #elections-senate, #electoral-college, #law-and-legislation, #norton-eleanor-holmes, #politics-and-government, #republican-party, #senate, #states-us, #supreme-court-us, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-and-voters, #washington-dc

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Hong Kong Is China, Like It or Not

After months of chaos in the city, something had to be done, and the Chinese government did it.

#china, #constitutions, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deng-xiaoping, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #extradition, #fugitives, #heritage-foundation, #hong-kong, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #lam-carrie-1957, #law-and-legislation, #macau, #national-peoples-congress-china, #politics-and-government, #secession-and-independence-movements, #taiwan, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

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House Unveils New Stimulus Package as Pelosi and Mnuchin Resume Talks

The moves appeared to be the most concrete action toward more economic aid since negotiations stalled nearly two months ago, but the sides remain far apart on price and short on time.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #democratic-party, #house-of-representatives, #law-and-legislation, #mnuchin-steven-t, #pelosi-nancy, #republican-party, #stimulus-economic, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Bipartisan House Bill Aims to Fix Boeing 737 Max Safety Lapses

The measure seeks to strengthen the Federal Aviation Administration and impose tougher penalties on corporate executives who undermine regulators.

#accidents-and-safety, #airlines-and-airplanes, #aviation-accidents-safety-and-disasters, #boeing-737-max-groundings-and-safety-concerns-2019, #boeing-company, #defazio-peter-a, #federal-aviation-administration, #graves-sam, #house-committee-on-transportation, #larsen-rick, #law-and-legislation, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Obamacare Returns as Galvanizing Issue After Ginsburg Death, Barrett Nomination

The health law had slipped in voter priorities, but the Supreme Court vacancy and November arguments in a case challenging its constitutionality, have given the Affordable Care Act new urgency.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #barrett-amy-coney, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #ginsburg-ruth-bader, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #law-and-legislation, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #politics-and-government, #presidential-election-of-2020, #supreme-court-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #your-feed-healthcare, #your-feed-science

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Barrett’s Record: A Conservative Who Would Push the Supreme Court to the Right

As an appeals court judge, her opinions have reflected those of her mentor, Justice Antonin Scalia, but with few of his occasional liberal rulings.

#abortion, #appointments-and-executive-changes, #barrett-amy-coney, #constitution-us, #ginsburg-ruth-bader, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #law-and-legislation, #trump-donald-j, #washington-dc

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Swiss to Vote on Paternity Leave: Nice to Have or Essential?

The fate of a law mandating two weeks of paid leave for fathers will be decided at the polls after a conservative backlash forced a referendum.

#family-leaves, #law-and-legislation, #paid-time-off, #parenting, #politics-and-government, #referendums, #switzerland

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U.S. Risks Repeating 2009 Mistakes as Economic Recovery Slows

In the wake of the last recession, government spending dried up, dragging out the recovery. Policymakers warn against letting it happen again.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #federal-aid-us, #house-of-representatives, #law-and-legislation, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #recession-and-depression, #senate, #stimulus-economic, #unemployment, #unemployment-insurance, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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With Proposal to Curb Presidential Power, Democrats Eye an Era After Trump

The bill has almost no chance of becoming law while President Trump is in office, but it is Democrats’ most comprehensive response to date to what they consider his abuses.

#democratic-party, #law-and-legislation, #nadler-jerrold, #neal-richard-e, #pelosi-nancy, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #schiff-adam-b, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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An Open Supreme Court Seat Puts Obamacare on the Ballot

A Supreme Court case could eliminate the Affordable Care Act, and the president should be judged for recklessly supporting it.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #ginsburg-ruth-bader, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #law-and-legislation, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #roberts-john-g-jr, #supreme-court-us, #trump-donald-j

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Despite Claims, Trump Rarely Uses Wartime Law in Battle Against Covid

The president often criticized the Defense Production Act as anti-business. Now he’s campaigning on having frequently used the law to ramp up production of medical gear.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #congressional-research-service, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #defense-department, #defense-production-act, #factories-and-manufacturing, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #law-and-legislation, #presidential-election-of-2020, #shortages, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #your-feed-healthcare

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Trump’s Supreme Court Pick May Need to Denounce Roe. Good.

Judicial nominees should be honest about their stance on abortion.

#abortion, #birth-control-and-family-planning, #bork-robert-h, #conservatism-us-politics, #democratic-party, #ginsburg-ruth-bader, #gorsuch-neil-m, #hawley-josh-d-1979, #law-and-legislation, #republican-party, #roe-v-wade-supreme-court-decision, #supreme-court-us, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Conservatives Try to Lock In Power

They want to maintain control for generations to come.

#conservatism-us-politics, #garland-merrick-b, #ginsburg-ruth-bader, #law-and-legislation, #supreme-court-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Justice Ginsburg’s Judicial Legacy of Striking Dissents

She was part of the Supreme Court’s 4-member liberal wing throughout her 27-year tenure and led it in her last decade.

#citizens-united, #ginsburg-ruth-bader, #law-and-legislation, #roberts-john-g-jr, #roe-v-wade-supreme-court-decision, #supreme-court-us, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-rights-act-1965

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The Very Structure of Modern Government Is Under Legal Assault

Here’s how to defend it.

#constitution-us, #law-and-legislation, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Boris Johnson Pushes to Backtrack on E.U. Deal, Despite Party Revolt

The British prime minister’s move to rewrite a treaty that settled Northern Ireland’s post-Brexit status raised fears that trade negotiations with the European Union could be impaired.

#conservative-party-great-britain, #european-union, #great-britain, #great-britain-withdrawal-from-eu-brexit, #international-trade-and-world-market, #johnson-boris, #law-and-legislation, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #northern-ireland, #politics-and-government

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War Crimes Risk Grows for U.S. Over Saudi Strikes in Yemen

State Department officials have raised alarms about the legal risk in aiding airstrikes that kill civilians. The Trump administration recently suppressed findings as it sold more weapons to Gulf nations.

#arms-trade, #bombs-and-explosives, #bureau-of-political-military-affairs, #civilian-casualties, #defense-department, #house-of-representatives, #houthis, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #international-criminal-court, #international-relations, #iran, #law-and-legislation, #middle-east, #obama-barack, #pompeo-mike, #saudi-arabia, #state-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-arab-emirates, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity, #yemen

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White House Asked Justice Dept. to Take Over Defamation Suit Against Trump, Barr Says

The attorney general argued that the intervention was routine but did not say why the department waited 10 months to step in.

#barr-william-p, #carroll-e-jean, #justice-department, #law-and-legislation, #libel-and-slander, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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