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A local redistricting battle in a New York City suburb may lead to a national fight

Nassau County voting mapIn 2020, Maria Jordan-Awalom marched across an invisible line in one of the most segregated regions of the country.

After the police murder of George Floyd, she and other demonstrators took to the streets for racial justice in this New York City suburb, just east of the borough of Queens on Long Island.

There were no barricades blocking the road into the next community over, but crossing from the predominantly Latino and Black village of Freeport into the predominantly white hamlet of Merrick, their peaceful protest was met with jeers.


Garland notifies lawmakers of conclusion of special counsel’s Biden docs probe

Merrick GarlandSpecial counsel Robert Hur has concluded his investigation into President Biden’s handling of classified records in his prior government posts, Attorney General Merrick Garland informed lawmakers in a letter Wednesday.

The letter from Garland says nothing about the conclusion Hur reached, but arrives amid reporting that the special counsel is expected to announce the findings of his investigation in coming days.


No immunity: Donald Trump can be tried on election interference charges, appeals court says

Trump gets no immunityA federal appeals panel ruled unanimously Tuesday that Donald Trump isn't immune to charges he tried to overturn the 2020 election, setting the stage for another potential showdown at the Supreme Court for the former president.

Trump is expected to appeal the decision, which rejected an argument from his lawyers last month that any act by a president − even ordering the murder of political opponents by U.S. Navy SEALS − cannot be prosecuted unless the president is first impeached by the House of Representatives and convicted in the Senate.

But a three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Trump is not immune from prosecution.

"Former President Trump lacked any lawful discretionary authority to defy federal criminal law and he is answerable in court for his conduct," the panel ruled.


Calling himself `presumptive nominee,' Trump tells Supreme Court to keep him on the ballot

Trump at insurrectionCalling himself the 'presumptive nominee' for president, Donald Trump on Monday asked the Supreme Court to protect the rights of the tens of millions of Americans who want to vote for him.

In a filing days before the nation's top court considers the case for removing him from the Colorado ballot, Trump's lawyers argued that taking him off would be 'anti-democratic', similar to recent actions in Venezuela. His lawyers are appealing the decision by Colorado to disqualify him from running in that state because of an anti-insurrection clause in the Constitution.

'There was no `insurrection,'' Trump's lawyers wrote. 'President Trump did not `incite' anything, and President Trump did not `engage in' anything that constitutes `insurrection.'


Beware the side of the brain that plumps for Trump

Beware the side of the brain that pumps for Trump

George Monbiot suggests we can see human values as clustering around two poles, extrinsic and intrinsic (To beat Trump, we need to know why Americans keep voting for him. Psychologists may have the answer, 29 January). There might be something more at play.

In 1980, physicist David Bohm wrote about explicate and implicate orders in reality. Before the advent of quantum theory, said Bohm’s colleague and biographer, David Peat, science dealt with the order of space and time, separation and distance, mechanical force and effective cause, which Bohm called the explicate order. He posited a deeper order, more congruent with quantum theory and closer to our unconditioned thought. He called it the implicate or enfolded order.


Democratic and Republican elites fear RFK Jr.’s growing path to victory

RFK, Jr.34. That may very well become the symbolic magic number in the November presidential election.

In what is shaping up to be a three-person contest between President Joe Biden, former President Donald Trump, and independent candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr., the question becomes: Which candidate can garner 34 percent of the popular vote or higher?

While many “experts” still dismiss the possibility of an independent or third-party candidate winning the election, there seems to be a bit more hand-wringing and whistling past the graveyard amongst both Democratic and Republican operatives. Most especially as there is now a possibility that Kennedy may run on the Libertarian Party ticket.


Prosecutors In Classified Files Case Say Trump Team's Version Of Events 'Inaccurate And Distorted'

Jack SmithProsecutors in the classified documents case against former President Donald Trump told a judge Friday that defense lawyers had painted an “inaccurate and distorted picture of events” and had unfairly sought to “cast a cloud of suspicion” over government officials who were simply trying to do their jobs.

The comments came in a court filing responding to a Trump team request from last month that sought to force prosecutors to turn over a trove of information that defense lawyers believe is relevant to the case.


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