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Have you ever heard New York City Council member,
👉 #Yusef #Abdus #Salaam speak?

He is such an inspiring figure!

I would love for the Biden campaign to tap him as a prominent surrogate speaker

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/nbcblk/exonerated-central-park-five-member-mocks-trump-ad-indictment-rcna78389

#ExoneratedFive #CentralParkFive
#RidenWithBiden

@shansterable @popcornreel
@BruceMirken

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Trump is plotting ways to make it illegal to prosecute him for all the crimes he plans to commit if he retakes the White House
—and he’s tapping GOP leaders to carry out the plan, according to sources who spoke with Rolling Stone.

Trump has held meetings with “several” Republican lawmakers and attorneys about passing legislation to indemnify "former presidents" from nonfederal prosecutions
—an idea he probably wishes he thought of during his first term and before getting hit with a dazzling array of criminal and civil charges over and over and over and over and over again.

Sitting presidents are granted presidential immunity for actions they take in their official capacity, but that doesn’t extend beyond the presidency or apply to activities unrelated to the presidency.
This, however, doesn’t absolve him from crimes he committed prior to and after his time in office, nor does it extend to nonfederal crimes.

Trump hinted at his new scheme during a break from his hush-money trial, telling cameras Congress needs to
“pass lots of laws” to prevent “things like this”
(Trump being charged for crimes).
Whether the ploy will work is a matter of elections: Trump would need to win in November, and Republicans would need to control the House and Senate.

Despite that, efforts have been underway to shield Trump from prosecution, including the introduction of the
“No More Political Prosecutions Act” introduced to the House in 2023 by Republican Representative Russell Fry,
which seeks to move state and civil cases against current and former presidents and vice presidents up to federal courts, effectively freezing those cases.
Simultaneously, Trump’s team has been working to revive and expand a Nixon-era Department of Justice memo prohibiting the prosecution of sitting presidents—and former presidents.
https://newrepublic.com/post/181946/trump-scheme-immune-forever

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Donald Trump's biographer has
warned investors in Trump's social media platform Truth Social
that their stocks are "not at all valuable" and could "be wiped out."

Speaking on MSNBC,
David Cay Johnston,
a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist
and author of the bestselling biography The Making of Donald Trump,
commented following a
series of negative reports about the company's share value.

https://www.newsweek.com/donald-trump-truth-social-investors-1904822

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The student cofounders of an AI studying tool

  1. won a $10,000 entrepreneurship prize from Emory University for their idea,

  2. were championed publicly and repeatedly by the university’s business school for creating the software,
    and then

  3. were promptly #suspended by the school for a semester for building exactly what the school had just given them money to build.

https://www.404media.co/university-suspends-students-for-ai-homework-tool-it-paid-them-10-000-to-make/

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I realize the NYT headline of their story is "Trump leads in 5 states"

but that’s not what the data in these polls say.

He leads in 3 - AZ, GA, NV

  • and 3 are essentially tied.

As I wrote on Saturday,
🔸if you spend your time with polls with registered voters you see an electorate more favorable to Trump.

🔸If you spend your time with likely voters you see one more favorable to Biden.

This is becoming a very important part of our emerging understanding of the 2024 election,
and a dynamic that is in my view very ominous for Trump.

That the NYT Times centered their headline and graphics around the results with registered voters was an editorial choice.

https://www.hopiumchronicles.com/p/notes-on-the-nyt-polls-senator-coons

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I just got HUGE news,
and I want you to be the first to hear:
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Earning this major national endorsement doesn't just prove that our grassroots movement has what it takes to flip Florida blue
— it proves that the work we're doing to restore reproductive rights at home, and across the country, is possible.

Thanks to the support of people like you,
a new poll shows me in a statistical #tie with #Rick #Scott!

But the only way we'll keep this momentum going is with strong
— and sustained
— grassroots support.

𝗦𝗼 𝗜'𝗺 𝗽𝗲𝗿𝘀𝗼𝗻𝗮𝗹𝗹𝘆 𝗮𝘀𝗸𝗶𝗻𝗴:
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𝗘𝘃𝗲𝗻 𝗶𝗳 𝘆𝗼𝘂'𝘃𝗲 𝘀𝗶𝗴𝗻𝗲𝗱 𝗼𝗻 𝗯𝗲𝗳𝗼𝗿𝗲, 𝗶𝘁 𝘄𝗼𝘂𝗹𝗱 𝗺𝗲𝗮𝗻 𝘀𝗼 𝗺𝘂𝗰𝗵
𝗮𝘀 𝗜 𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗸 𝘁𝗼 𝗵𝗶𝘁 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗻𝗲𝘄 𝟭𝟬𝟬,𝟬𝟬𝟬 𝘀𝗶𝗴𝗻𝗮𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗲 𝗴𝗼𝗮𝗹:

https://secure.ngpvan.com/Svp2AfVXL0ucBXHcKEXlxQ2

Thank you so much,

Debbie Mucarsel-Powell

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Dorothy Jean Tillman II,
at only 17,
became the youngest person to earn a doctoral degree in integrated behavioral health from Arizona State’s College of Health Solutions,
all before she was eligible to vote.
Earlier this month, Dr. Tillman,
now 18,
delivered remarks as the outstanding 2024 graduate at the College of Health Solution’s convocation.

https://www.nytimes.com/2024/05/22/us/dorothy-jean-tillman-chicago.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share&referringSource=articleShare

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Mexico City’s water ‘Day Zero’ may come even for the wealthiest residents
The metropolitan area of 22 million gets about a quarter of its water from a system that is running dry.

Some say it could be unable to provide water by June 26

https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2024/05/25/mexico-city-water-day-zero/

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Netanyahu’s split with Biden and the Democrats was years in the making
The Israeli leader’s longtime strategy of 🔸aligning with the GOP 🔸has helped shatter the American consensus behind Israel

Over the past 16 years, Netanyahu has departed sharply from his predecessors’ studious bipartisanship to embrace Republicans and disdain Democrats,
an attitude increasingly mirrored in each party’s approach to Israel.

The war in Gaza has vastly accelerated the shift,
as the once-broad support from Americans for Israel is shattering along partisan and generational lines.

The divide, playing out in angry protests and Democratic debates, marks a fundamental shift in U.S. politics.

“I don’t think there’s any other way to say it:
Netanyahu has been an absolute disaster for Israel’s support around the world,” said Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.).

“Here in the United States, Netanyahu made a reckless decision to integrate himself with the Republican Party,
taking very clear sides in U.S. politics, and it has come with serious consequences.”

Netanyahu is not solely responsible for the shift.

Israel has moved steadily to the right and the Democratic Party to the left in recent years,
while memories of the Holocaust, which long undergirded Americans’ sympathy for Israel,
have increasingly faded into the past.

But Netanyahu has led the change with a strategy of aligning himself with the American right, former aides say
— a decision that underlies his growing #rift with Joe Biden

Biden personifies the traditional Democratic affection for Israel.
The stakes for Israel could hardly be greater, as leaders on all sides agree that American military and diplomatic support is critical to the viability of the Jewish state as it faces powerful neighbors and a growing number of diplomatic challenges.

The United States is by far Israel’s biggest backer.
Murphy, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said he has personally warned Netanyahu several times over the past 10 years about the risks of aligning himself so closely with Republicans.
The prime minister, he said, “has never wanted to listen.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2024/05/26/netanyahu-embrace-republicans-strategy-israel-divisions/

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Donald Trump now has the most detailed policy platform of his political career -- and it's largely the work of two people you've never heard of.

Trump campaign speechwriters #Vince #Haley and #Ross #Worthington are the masterminds behind most of Trump's policy statements. The two worked under Stephen #Miller in the Trump White House.

Haley and Worthington write the first drafts of scripts Trump uses to record policy videos as well as the text on how a second Trump administration would handle issues from education to energy and immigration.

Those videos and corresponding text on his website go into far more detail than Trump, who famously has little interest in policy, does on the stump.

Trump often goes off-script in his speeches and spends just 11% of the time talking about his policy plans, an Axios analysis found.

His campaign aides frequently say that he is the most gifted politician and ultimately decides how to message on the issues.

Trump and his team are also in frequent communication with a constellation of figures on policy ideas, including Trump's former trade representative Robert #Lighthizer and former White House budget director Russell #Vought, WSJ reported.

The Stephen Miller connection:
Haley and Worthington worked under Miller in the White House speechwriting office for four years, co-managing the speechwriting shop.

"Miller would always go over speech drafts" including both official and political speeches that Haley and Worthington wrote, Worthington told Jan. 6 committee investigators in February 2022 after being subpoenaed.

Though they have next to no public presence, they are known to be very chatty on the campaign's daily internal comms call.

While Miller is not technically on the campaign, his relationship with his former subordinates and his direct line to Trump allow him to maintain a consequential role in shaping a potential Trump second term.

Between the lines: Both men have deep ties to former House Speaker Newt #Gingrich.

Haley, a lawyer by training, served as policy director and campaign manager for Gingrich's 2012 presidential campaign. They co-authored several books together and Haley was an associate producer on Gingrich's documentary Ronald Reagan: Rendezvous with Destiny.

Worthington was deputy communications director for Gingrich's 2012 presidential campaign and later authored a book with Gingrich.

https://www.axios.com/2024/05/26/trump-campaign-policy-stephen-miller-newt-gingrich

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The Libertarian National Convention crowd's hostility to Donald Trump was especially pronounced when Trump directly solicited their votes.

Each time Trump asked the crowd at the Washington Hilton for their votes or the party's nomination, he was met with loud boos.

I'm asking for the Libertarian Party's endorsement, or at least lots of your votes, lots and lots of Libertarian votes," Trump said as the audiences booed in response.

At times, Trump turned on the crowd, criticizing libertarians' turnout at previous elections.

"You can keep going the way you have for the last long decades and get your 3% and meet again, get another 3%," Trump said following jeers from the crowd.

The 2020 Libertarian Party nominee, Jo Jorgensen, won just over 1% of the votes in several swing states including Wisconsin, Michigan, Arizona, Pennsylvania and Georgia.
But in a tight race, these voters could have the power to swing the election between major party nominees.

The audience yelled at Trump throughout his speech as well, a stark contrast to his typical crowds filled with adoring fans decked out in MAGA gear.

At one point during Saturday's speech, punches were thrown in the audience.

One member of the crowd shouted, “Lock him up!” and another yelled, “Donald Trump is a threat to democracy!”

Moments later, someone yelled at Trump, “You had your shot!”

Others yelled at Trump, “F--- you” and “You already had four years, you a--hole.”

Twice, people chanting, “We want Trump” were drowned out by boos and chants of “End the fed.”

After Trump’s Saturday speech, a libertarian candidate who took to the stage called the former president a war criminal, citing his use of drone strikes and actions in Syria.

On Friday night, the libertarian crowd was also hostile to mentions of Trump, and the audience booed when Vivek Ramaswamy brought up the former president.

Separately, the crowd cheered one Libertarian Party member’s suggestion that “we go tell Donald Trump to go f--- himself.”

Libertarian Caryn Ann Harlos balked at the prospect of being swayed by Trump's remarks.

"I would rather eat my own foot out of a bear trap," Harlos said. "I only vote libertarian."

The Trump campaign argued it was important for the former president to venture into less than friendly territory to appeal to "nontraditional Republican votes."

“What he’s really trying to do is to show that he can be a president for all Americans,” a Trump campaign official said ahead of the former president’s remarks.

“If you want to compete for nontraditional Republican votes, then you got to go where they are. You can’t expect them to just show up to you.”
https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/2024-election/trump-commute-silk-road-website-operator-ross-ulbrichts-life-prison-se-rcna154082

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Israel-Gaza war: anti-government protesters clash with Tel Aviv police and demand hostage deal

Demonstrators also called for resignation of Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu and for fresh elections

https://www.theguardian.com/world/article/2024/may/26/israel-gaza-war-anti-government-protesters-clash-with-tel-aviv-police-and-demand-hostage-deal?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

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Mrs. Clinton accused four justices
— John G. Roberts Jr., Neil M. Gorsuch, Brett M. Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett
— of being “teed up to do the bidding” of conservative political and religious organizations and leaders
— though she believed many Democrats had not realized that during those justices’ confirmation hearings.

“It is really hard to believe that people are going to lie to you under oath, that even so-called conservative justices would upend precedents to arrive at ridiculous decisions on gun rights and campaign finance and abortion,” she said. “It’s really hard to accept that.”

Yet, she also had tough words for her former colleagues. In the Senate, she said, Democratic lawmakers did not push hard enough to block the confirmation of the justices who would go on to overturn federal abortion rights. When asked in confirmation hearings if they believed Roe was settled law, the nominees noted that Roe was precedent and largely avoided stating their opinion on the decision.

Those justices “all lied in their confirmation hearings,” she said, referring to Justices Gorsuch, Kavanaugh and Coney Barrett, all of whom were appointed by Mr. Trump. “They just flat-out lied. And Democrats did nothing in the Senate.”

“More people have got to wake up, because this is the beginning,” she said. “They really want us to just shut up and go home. That’s their goal. And nobody should be in any way deluded. That’s what they will force upon us if they are given the chance.”

She added: “I know history will prove me right. And I don’t take any comfort in that because that’s not the kind of country or world I want for my grandchildren"

https://www.nytimes.com/2024/05/25/us/politics/hillary-clinton-abortion.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share&referringSource=articleShare

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Stephen Gillers, an expert in judicial ethics at New York University,
said he initially gave #Alito the benefit of the doubt
that the upside-down flag was not tied to the 'Stop the Steal' effort.

The second flag, he said, makes that theory no longer plausible," reported Ann E. Marimow and Justin Jouvenal.

"[Chief Justice John] Roberts must encourage Alito to recuse himself from the Trump cases
and give him a deadline to do so, Gillers said Friday.

He said the chief justice should separately address the circumstances surrounding the flying of the flags,
even if Alito does not recuse,
because of the intense public interest in the upcoming court decisions,
which are expected to be announced by the end of June"

https://www.rawstory.com/alito-ethics-expert-reversing-himself-new-evidence/

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Trump’s Money Problems Are a Crisis for the Entire Country

The ex-president’s financial troubles make him beholden to his wealthy friends.

If he’s president again, they will want something in return.

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2024/05/trump-financial-problems-wealthy-donors/678465/

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How Trump's problems became Ours

Trump obtained a highly unusual bond from a California businessman for the civil fraud case, having persuaded an appellate court to reduce the amount to $175 million.

He has been using political donations to pay his hefty legal bills, and his campaign’s effective merger with the Republican National Committee creates a new stream of cash for those.

He has also brazenly pleaded for cash from large donors, reportedly telling a gathering of oil executives that he would pursue favorable policies if they raised $1 billion for his campaign and he won in November.

The Trump Media and Technology Group went public this spring, providing Trump with a potentially enormous windfall, at least on paper. (“It’s one of the most obvious worthless stocks I have ever seen,’’ Alan Jagolinzer, an accounting professor at the University of Cambridge, in England, told The New York Times.)

🔥Each of these revenue streams gives leverage
—financial, and perhaps psychological
—over Trump to rich people whose fortunes could be affected by actions of the federal government.

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2024/05/trump-financial-problems-wealthy-donors/678465/

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Malcolm and Simone Collins are on a mission to make it easier for everyone to have multiple children.

Elon Musk (father of 11) supports their cause. Thousands follow their ideology.

But are they really model parents?
https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/article/2024/may/25/american-pronatalists-malcolm-and-simone-collins?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

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In promoting the idea that our culture faces existential crisis unless we reproduce, the aims of pronatalists overlap with those of racist conspiracists who believe in the “great replacement theory”
– the conviction that people of white European heritage are being demographically taken over by non-whites who have children at a faster rate.

Malcolm insists pronatalism is about pluralism. “Humanity improves through cultural evolution. For that you need cultural diversity.”

But in this numbers game, the Collinses need only a few people to join them to save humanity; those who remain unconvinced will simply die out.

“I don’t care if environmentalists don’t want to have kids. The point of the movement is to help those that do.”

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The helicopter crash that claimed the lives of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, and six others
has introduced a new crisis for Iran amid regional turmoil and continued severe U.S. sanctions.

This event raises questions about the Islamic Republic’s ability to navigate the transition of its presidency at a time of widespread public discontent and a struggling economy.
The reaction to Raisi’s death within Iran has been deeply polarized,
reflecting the country’s divisions across social and political ideologies as well as levels of religiosity.

Many Iranians do not mourn his passing, viewing him as a symbol of repression
due to his long tenure in the judiciary, his involvement in the mass executions of the Mujahedin-e Khalq and leftist political prisoners in 1988, and his harsh crackdown on the “Women, Life, Freedom” demonstrations in 2022.

Conversely, there are many who genuinely grieve his death, and the funeral processions have seen massive crowds in Tabriz, Qom, Tehran, and Mashhad.
Government supporters and conservative newspapers have been quick to interpret the large crowds at Raisi’s funeral processions as a testament to the political system’s legitimacy and popular support.

One conservative analyst emphasized, in this regard, that “[p]articipation in marches; ceremonies honoring the esteemed martyrs of the system;
and political, religious, and social events such as Friday prayers has always been considered one of the prominent indicators of the revolutionaries and the devout people of the country

However, while the public sphere is tightly controlled by the government, only allowing open and free demonstrations in its favor, a different reality exists in private. Many Iranians, who have endured decades of government repression, welcomed Raisi’s death.

Many recalled the mourning mothers waiting to hear the execution verdicts of their children, or the executions themselves in the 1980s and Raisi’s role in them,
and the bodies of loved ones that were never returned to their families after those executions.
Hamed Esmaeilion, who lost his wife and daughter when the Iranian military shot down Ukrainian airliner 752 over Tehran in 2020
and is now a Canada-based political activist,
echoed this sentiment in a post on X, saying,
“It was deserved for Ebrahim Raise and other criminals of the Islamic government to be tried in a fair court for committing crimes against humanity.”

Meanwhile, Mohammad Zakaei, a professor at the Qom Seminary, explained these reactions by saying,
“If we look closely, we realize that people’s joy is not from the death of a person;
their joy comes from the death of an ideology and a radical thought,
which manifests itself as joy over the death of a symbol of that ideology.”
The opposing sentiments of these groups
—both the mourning crowds and the indifferent or even celebratory population
—must be taken into account to understand contemporary Iran.

The latter group represents a widespread form of passive protest.
If this segment of society continues to be ignored and repressed, it is likely that collective protests, similar to the ones that broke out in November 2019 and 2022-23, will break out again.

https://foreignpolicy.com/2024/05/24/raisis-funeral-has-exposed-the-two-irans/

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The role of the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, admittedly presents a complex fit within this institutionalist framework.

Although Khamenei has been in power for more than three decades and benefits from an authority bolstered his 1979 revolutionary credentials, his position is also institutionalized within the political system of the Islamic Republic.
The constitution, while providing broad and somewhat ambiguous guidelines for the supreme leader’s duties, embeds his role within a larger framework of governance that seeks to ensures continuity beyond individual leadership.

The longevity and centralization of Khamenei’s rule suggest a blend of institutional and personal power,
through which his role has become deeply ingrained in the political fabric of the Islamic Republic but not entirely separable from his individual influence and charisma.

The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) presents a similarly complex example of institutionalism.
Originally established to protect the revolution’s ideals, the IRGC has seen its influence expand significantly,
now playing a critical role in Iran’s political, economic, and military spheres.

This expansion of power includes control over substantial economic enterprises and a decisive role in domestic and foreign policy.
The IRGC’s influence, therefore, represents a parallel power structure within the state, one that can sometimes operate independently of traditional institutional constraints.

The key question now is whether the system can maintain its stability after the eventual death of Khamenei.
Raisi's rise in Iranian politics and his uncontested “victory” in the 2021 presidential election reflected efforts by Khamenei
—and his loyal factions
—to ensure maximum control over the succession process.

Raisi, viewed as a compliant figure, managed to stay in Khamenei’s good graces
—unlike previous presidents.

It is likely that the same rationale that led to Raisi’s presidency will influence the upcoming presidential election.
Khamenei and the hard-liners will likely be reluctant to allow prominent moderates and reformists to run,
as this could diminish their control over Khamenei’s succession process.

This transition, when it occurs, will be the ultimate test of the resilience of the Islamic Republic’s institutional framework.

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On the bench, #Alito is the Supreme Court’s most unrelenting Republican partisan
— a reliable vote for whatever outcome is preferred by the GOP’s right wing,
regardless of whether there is any legal support for that position.

Alito isn’t simply a bad judge; he is the negation of law, frequently embracing claims that even intellectual leaders within the conservative movement find risible.

The morning before the Times published its flag scoop, for example,
Alito published a dissenting opinion claiming that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the brainchild of Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren, was unconstitutional.

The opinion was so poorly reasoned that Justice Clarence Thomas, ordinarily an ally of far-right causes,
mocked Alito’s opinion for “winding its way through English, Colonial, and early American history” without ever connecting that history to anything that’s actually in the Constitution.

Off the bench, meanwhile, Alito has a long history of making partisan statements that are just ambiguous enough that he can deny he was bemoaning a Republican defeat in a recent election.

A little more than a week after Democratic President Barack Obama won his 2012 reelection race, Alito spoke to the conservative Federalist Society, where,
quoting from one of his least favorite law professors, he warned that America is caught in a “moment of utmost sterility, darkest night, most extreme peril.”

Alito has long been the justice most skeptical of free speech arguments
— he was the sole dissenter in two Obama-era decisions establishing that even extraordinarily offensive speech is protected by the First Amendment
— but this skepticism evaporates the minute a Republican claims that they are being censored.

Among other things, Alito voted to let Texas’s Republican legislature seize control over content moderation at sites like Twitter and YouTube,
then tried to prohibit the Biden administration from asking those same sites to voluntarily remove content from anti-vaxxers and election deniers.

Alito frequently mocks his colleagues, even fellow Republicans, when they attribute government policies to anti-Black racism.

After Justice Neil Gorsuch wrote in a 2020 opinion that the states of Louisiana and Oregon allowed non-unanimous juries to convict felony defendants more than a century ago to dilute the influence of Black jurors,
Alito was livid, ranting in dissent:
“To add insult to injury, the Court tars Louisiana and Oregon with the charge of racism.”

Yet while Alito denies that racism might have motivated Louisiana’s Jim Crow lawmakers in the late 19th century,
he brims with empathy for white plaintiffs who claim to be victims of racism.

Empirical data shows that Alito is the most pro-prosecution justice on the Supreme Court,
voting in favor of criminal defendants only 20 percent of the time.

But he’s tripped over himself to protect one criminal defendant in particular:
Donald Trump.

An empirical analysis of the Court’s “standing” decisions
— cases asking whether the federal courts have jurisdiction over a particular dispute
— found that Alito rules in favor of conservative litigants 100 percent of the time,
and against liberal litigants in every single case.

Though Alito, who turned 74 last month, is probably in the twilight of his career,
his unapologetically partisan approach to judging could very well be the judiciary’s future,
at least if Trump secures another term in the White House.

Today’s headlines are peppered with names like
Aileen Cannon, the judge overseeing Trump’s stolen documents trial who has also behaved like a member of Trump’s defense team,
or Matthew Kacsmaryk, the former Christian right litigator who’s been willing to rubber stamp virtually any request for a court order filed by a Republican.

The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit,
the powerful federal court that oversees appeals out of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas,
is now a bastion of Alito-like partisans who treat laws and precedents that undermine the GOP’s policy goals as mere inconveniences to be struck down or ignored.

These are the sorts of judicial appointees who would likely appeal to a second-term Trump,
as the instigator of the January 6 insurrection looks to fill the bench with judges who will not interfere with his ambitions in the same way that many judges did in his first term.

Alito — a judge with no theory of the Constitution,
and no insight into how judges should read ambiguous laws,
beyond his driving belief that his team should always win
— is the perfect fit, in other words, for what the Republican Party has become in the age of Trump.
https://www.vox.com/scotus/350339/samuel-alito-republican-party-scotus

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According to Freedomforum.org,
“A First Amendment audit occurs when people film public officials or employees to hold them accountable
or ‘test’ their right to film in public spaces like town halls, libraries, police stations, parking lots, or state and local agencies.
The public space ‘passes’ the test if the audit is uneventful.
It fails the test if a public employee confronts the person filming
— or ‘auditor’
— attempts to stop them from filming, threatens them with arrest, or removes them from the public space.”

https://www.dailydot.com/news/what-are-first-amendment-auditors/

cdarwin, to random
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Federal prosecutors on Friday asked the judge overseeing the classified documents case against Donald Trump
to bar the former president from public statements that “pose a significant, imminent, and foreseeable danger to law enforcement agents” participating in the prosecution.

The request to U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon
follows a distorted claim by Trump earlier this week that the FBI agents who searched his Mar-a-Lago estate in August 2022 were “authorized to shoot me” and were “locked & loaded ready to take me out & put my family in danger.”

The presumptive Republican presidential nominee was referring to the disclosure in a court document that the FBI, during the search, followed a standard use-of-force policy that prohibits the use of deadly force except when the officer conducting the search has a reasonable belief that the “subject of such force poses an imminent danger of death or serious physical injury to the officer or to another person.”
https://apnews.com/article/trump-classified-documents-fbi-d52b7468d93712dd86cbb8fe304d4b64

cdarwin, to random
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The Whole Earth Catalog was an American counterculture magazine and product catalog published by Stewart Brand several times a year between 1968 and 1972, and occasionally thereafter, until 1998.

The magazine featured essays and articles, but was primarily focused on product reviews.

The editorial focus was on self-sufficiency, ecology, alternative education, “do it yourself,” and holism, featuring the slogan
“access to tools.”

https://wholeearth.info/

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