The North Carolina Supreme Court has ruled that state courts are not authorized to review cases related to political processes like redistricting and partisan gerrymandering, echoing the conservative stance taken by the US Supreme Court, and this could have serious implications for future federal elections.
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Former President Donald Trump's lawyers have written a letter to US Attorney General Merrick Garland, requesting a meeting to discuss an "unfair and unlawful" investigation by the special counsel's office into Trump, following reports that the prosecutor is close to issuing a declination decision in the Mar-a-Lago documents case and that the investigation has expanded to cover the Trump Organization's foreign business deals.
The National Dialogue launched in Egypt in May 2023 following a call for a political dialogue by President Al-Sisi in April 2022, but it is unlikely to bring meaningful change due to certain design flaws and the decision to preclude the possibility of constitutional change.
The article highlights the precarious situation of the US debt levels, with projections indicating that the federal government will accumulate about $114 trillion in deficits over the next 30 years, and borrowing like this has a cost, which includes being a drag on economic growth, with debt crisis a possibility if the government cannot find people to buy the debt at low rates or Congress develops a serious plan to repay it.
Kansas Attorney General Kris Kobach's office canceled a contract with plaintiffs' law firm Morgan & Morgan, which had been hired to investigate alleged natural gas price gouging during a storm that left Kansas without heat in February 2021, after realizing that the firm occasionally donates to Democrats and had feuded with fellow Republican Ron DeSantis over a policy aimed at frustrating plaintiffs' attorneys.
The article states that there is a significant risk of the US Treasury running out of funds in early June if President Joe Biden and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy do not reach an agreement to suspend the debt limit, and highlights the necessity of addressing overspending and reducing future budget deficits alongside raising the debt ceiling to prevent an acceleration of the crisis.
The article features Vivek Ramaswamy, a biotech entrepreneur and best-selling author who is running for the Republican presidential nomination, discussing his America First 2.0 platform, opposition to woke corporate activities, and why he no longer calls himself a libertarian in a Reason podcast.
President Joe Biden has announced that he will seek re-election in 2024, despite facing opposition from both Republicans and his own party's left flank, with his approval rating having been net-negative since August 2021, and a crowded Republican field that includes former US President Donald Trump and former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley.
The article argues that Tucker Carlson's departure from Fox News will likely fail to significantly improve the right-wing media scene, as his popularity was based on telling his audience what they wanted to hear rather than persuading them to change their minds, and that the problem of political misinformation is driven by demand more than supply and is likely to persist despite any changes at Fox News.
Russian opposition leader Vladimir Kara-Murza was sentenced to 25 years in a Russian prison for speaking out against Putin's war in Ukraine, but in his compelling final statement to the court, he expresses his pride for speaking out against the Putin regime and facilitating the adoption of personal international sanctions under the Magnitsky Act against human rights violators, and his confidence that Russian views of the war and the Putin regime will shift over time; Kara-Murza's bravery raises the issue of the proper Western attitude towards Russians at the present time, and both moral and practical considerations should lead us to open our doors to Russians fleeing Putin's regime, just as we have done for Ukrainian refugees.
The recent episode of Succession used the term "anarcho-capitalist," but it does not seem to fit Logan Roy's character, who is a capitalist in the most literal sense, and more of a practitioner of political capitalism rather than a believer in any sincere political beliefs.
Donald Trump's lawyers have filed a motion to postpone the E. Jean Carroll defamation trial due to the "recent, belated disclosure of material information by the plaintiff, E. Jean Carroll,” raising concerns about her bias and motive in commencing the lawsuit; however, Carroll's testimony about the case being a contingency case was technically correct, and her lawyers secured additional funding from a nonprofit organization only after the filing of the defamation suit; in response, New York judge Lewis Kaplan has granted a one-hour deposition and some minor document disclosures but not the postponement, ruling the question whether and when the plaintiff or her counsel has obtained financial support has nothing directly to do with the ultimate merits of the case.
Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor offered words of encouragement to law students during a video conference, telling them to identify what disillusioned them about the legal system and become a champion of change, adding that maintaining public trust and coping with partisan divides were some of the greatest challenges facing the court.
The battle over the constitutional overhaul planned by Israel's Netanyahu government reached an apex moment as a combination of massive protests, pressure by significant groups, and American pressure forced Netanyahu to suspend the legislative process, and it remains uncertain whether this development will lead to the burial or reemergence of the constitutional coup.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is reportedly planning to criticize former US President Donald Trump's support for the FIRST STEP Act as being soft on crime during the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, which could lead the party to revert to a mindlessly punitive mentality towards criminal justice.
The upcoming indictment of former President Donald Trump by the Manhattan DA will likely lead to violence incited by Trump and his supporters, and presents both a challenge to the Republican Party and raises the question of whether America should be intimidated by such actions.
Larry Householder and Matt Borges are facing corruption charges related to a $61 million pay-to-play scheme involving FirstEnergy donations, which is now in the hands of jurors following a seven-week trial.
The notion of "responsible research and innovation" (RRI) is becoming popular in Europe and may slow down technological progress if it finds its way into state halls, with some proponents arguing for "slow innovation" even if it leads to "responsible stagnation" and requires "radical intervention," while also demanding that innovations do not disrupt society's morals, culture, and livelihoods, effectively shifting the burden of proof from proving harmlessness to proving value alignment.
Georgia Republicans are proposing a new bill that will introduce statewide oversight on local prosecutors and give the Prosecuting Attorneys Qualifications Commission powers to discipline or remove district attorneys that fall out of favor with the ruling party.
The European Commission has accused Hungary of infringing Article 2 of the Treaty on European Union (TEU) and in doing so is attempting to address European rule of law crisis through the controversial Hungarian law which restricts information about transsexuality and homosexuality.
The Justice Department filed an amicus brief stating that civil suit immunity does not extend to a president inciting violence and a narrow decision in the Blassingame v. Trump trial will leave the issue of defining absolute immunity for speech in regards to public office for future cases to decide.
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