Tuesday, March 7, 2017

New Hats


I think I will soon win an award of the most accidental photos taken ever of my keyboard .

I'm not going to write you a love song.


Some parts of the internet have changed since I first read it cover to cover.

Thinking about re-learning Morse code so I can get the real news. Pony express has been infiltrated by the Russians. 


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Antarctica Station Reports Temperatures Reaching 63.5 Degrees

by jonathanturley
240px-The_Earth_seen_from_Apollo_17The proposed cuts of the Trump Administration of the EPA has many of us deeply concerned, particularly those cuts targeting climate change offices and research.  As someone who believe that climate change is one of the greatest threats facing this planet, the evidence continues to mount that we are at or passing a tipping point.  Now, an Argentine research base near the northern tip of the Antarctic peninsula has recorded the  record temperature at 63.5° Fahrenheit (17.5 degrees Celsius).  It is an astonishing and frightening increase.

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TRUMP SIGNS NEW IMMIGRATION EXECUTIVE ORDER

by jonathanturley
donald_trump_president-elect_portrait_croppedThe Trump Administration has issued a new executive order on immigration.  As expected, the second order removes some of the most controversial provisions of the first order and tightens the language.  Iraq has been dropped from the list of countries subject to the 90 day ban. However, there will be additional security of Iraqi nationals. That would leave Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen, Syria and Libya.  The permanent ban on entry of Syrians has been removed. There is still a limit on all refugees to 50,000 -- a 50 percent cut.  Current VISA holders and permanent residents are exempted.  Notably, this travel ban will be implemented on March 16 and the order will be dated to run from the date of the original executive order (which was .  Finally, the preferential treatment afforded to religious minorities has been removed.
The new order removes the edges from the rather casual drafting of the first order.  As I previously noted, good lawyering rarely changes the outcome of litigation but bad lawyering can.  The first order reflects remarkably bad lawyering -- if indeed it was drafted primarily by lawyers.  Of course, this still distinguishes between people based on their nationality -- the core of the challenge of the earlier litigation.  Thus, it is likely that this will face new challenges -- or attempts to amend earlier complaints.

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CRIMINAL JUSTICE

Court security officer is accused of emailing photo of defense lawyer's notes to prosecutor


Cellphone
Photo from Shutterstock.




A court security officer in Augusta, Maine, has been placed on paid leave pending an internal investigation into allegations that he took a cellphone photo of a defense lawyer’s notes and then emailed it to the prosecutor.
The Kennebec County security officer allegedly took the photo on Tuesday while lawyers were in chambers with the judge, CentralMaine.com reports. Assistant District Attorney Francis Griffin reported the incident to the district attorney, defense attorney Sherry Tash and the judge.
Tash said the photo showed the phone number of a private investigator and other defense notes in the case against Carl Langston, 28, of Brunswick, who was accused of robbery, aggravated assault, criminal mischief and violating probation.
The criminal mischief charge alleges that Langston chipped paint off a concrete bench while in an inmate holding area. The photo-snapping security officer was involved in the charge, although a different security officer filed the complaint, Tash said.
District Attorney Maeghan Maloney said the photo “was not actually anything helpful to the prosecution,” and she doesn’t know why it was taken.







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House Republicans Unveil Plan to Replace Health Law

By ROBERT PEAR and THOMAS KAPLAN

The plan scraps the mandate for most Americans to have health insurance in favor of a new system of tax credits to induce people to buy insurance on the open market.



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Poll: Americans Split Evenly Over Repeal Of Obamacare

by jonathanturley
800px-Capitol_Building_Full_ViewWith the rollout of the new GOP health care law, a new CNN/ORC poll shows that the nation remains deeply divided on the issue. Indeed, little has changed since Obamacare was first passed by a handful of votes.  Some 50% of people oppose the removal mandatory health care coverage while 48% are in favor of such a change.  While some have called the new plan "Obamacare-lite," it is clearly a repeal and massive change in the existing law.  The thumping heart of Obamacare is the individual mandate and this plan would drive a stake through it.

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Is The Supreme Court Relying On False Data On Sex Offender Recidivism?

by jonathanturley
Supreme CourtAdam Liptak has a fascinating article out this week on the lack of foundation for a statistic that has been heard in the Supreme Court like a virtual manta:  that sex offenders have an 80 percent high rate of recidivism.  Liptak. however, has researched the source of that statistic and found that it is based on the most casual and unreliable reference from a 1988 book.

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Female Marines during training at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina in 2013. The Marine Corps has the smallest proportion of women of all the services and also the highest rate of sexual assault reports.
Inquiry Opens Into How 30,000 Marines Shared Illicit Images of Female Peers

By DAVE PHILIPPS

A secret all-male group is being investigated after revelations that it had shared thousands of naked and private photos of Marine Corps women.
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White House Rejects Comey's Assertion That Wiretapping Claim Is False

By MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT

The president could be headed for a confrontation with the director of the F.B.I., which is conducting an investigation into links between Mr. Trump's associates and Russia.

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