Justice Dept. tells Supreme Court decision to end DACA was lawful
- Washington (CNN) - The Justice Department told the Supreme Court late Monday night that the Trump administration acted lawfully when it decided in 2017 to wind down the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which protects undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children from deportation.
- As things stand, two nationwide preliminary injunctions issued by lower courts have forced DHS to continue to allow renewals in the program for nearly two years.
- Courts agreed and issued nationwide injunctions that allowed renewals in the program to continue.
- The Trump administration appealed the decision to the Supreme Court, and last June, the justices agreed to hear the appeal for the upcoming term.
- At issue before the Supreme Court is not the legality of the program but how the administration decided to wind it down.
'Women for Trump' is hosting ‘an evening to empower’ event featuring Kellyanne Conway as a special guest
- The Trump campaign will be hosting a Women for Trump event featuring White House counselor Kellyanne Conway as a "special guest" this week in Tampa, Florida.
- A Trump campaign official told the outlet that during executions of prisoners, everyone from the Governor's office is "locked down" and does not appear publicly according to state protocol.
- Conway, one of the president's top advisors and his 2016 campaign manager, has been previously scrutinized and rebuked by the federal government's independent ethics watchdog for openly engaging in partisan political campaign activity while employed by the federal government in violation of the Hatch Act of 1973.
- The nonpartisan ethics watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), which has filed multiple complains with the OSC for Hatch Act violations, called for her to resign after the OSC's report in June.
Marianne Williamson pledges to remove portrait of Andrew Jackson from the Oval Office
- Sioux City, Iowa (CNN) - Author Marianne Williamson pledged Monday to remove a portrait of President Andrew Jackson from the Oval Office if elected president, calling the portrait's current placement "one of the greatest insults" to Native Americans.
- Jackson, the nation's seventh president, long garnered praise as the son of immigrants who was elected to the highest office in the land after fighting in the War of 1812.
- But he also had harsh anti-Native American policies, including the Indian Removal Act of 1830.
- The act eventually led to the forced relocation of Native Americans from their native Georgia to Oklahoma, killing thousands of Cherokees along what became known as the Trail of Tears.
- For her part, Williamson reiterated her pledge after her remarks, telling reporters anyone with "just a base level of knowledge of American history" should be familiar with Jackson's role in the Trail of Tears.
William Barr has removed the US prisons chief from his position more than a week after Jeffrey Epstein died by suicide while in federal custody
- WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr has removed the acting director of the Bureau of Prisons from his position more than a week after millionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein died by suicide while in federal custody.
- Hugh Hurwitz's reassignment Monday comes amid mounting evidence that guards at the chronically understaffed Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York abdicated their responsibility to keep the 66-year-old Epstein from dying by suicide while he awaited trial on charges of sexually abusing teenage girls.
- She worked as a psychologist a federal correctional facility in West Virginia, was as an associate warden and then a warden at other facilities, and ultimately was nominated to lead the agency during Barr's first stint as attorney general in the early 1990s.
Beware the Epiphany-Industrial Complex
- The purpose of the experiment, conducted by a recently tenured young Stanford psychology professor, Philip Zimbardo, was to examine how authority was wielded within prison walls.
- In other words, the sadism of the guards and the submissiveness of the prisoners in the experiment didn’t reveal the hidden darkness of the human soul, so much as the willingness of college students to please a professor.
- In taking down the Stanford Prison Experiment, Le Texier wasn’t tangling with any old study, but perhaps the most famous social science project.
- The Stanford Prison Experiment has burrowed its way into the culture, inspiring an epiphany-industrial complex that deploys social science research in support of facile claims about human nature, public policy, and interpersonal relationships.
- In an age when religion and philosophy are on the wane, social science has stepped in to fill a void; the Stanford Prison Experiment showed the way.
Judge claims mobile phone is not a computer
- The federal court last month overturned the magistrate’s decision to grant a warrant forcing the man to provide assistance in unlocking the phone.
- He also overturned the decision arguing that the order was not specific enough to what the AFP required the man to do – provide a password or pin or a fingerprint, or to decrypt any data.
- In the appeal filed earlier this month, obtained by Guardian Australia, the AFP argued that level of specificity was not required under the law, and White erred in stating that the phone was not a computer because a smartphone “performs the same functions and mathematical computations as a computer and is designed to contain data for use by a computer”.
New Zealand is finally trying to decriminalize abortion. Why has it taken so long?
- About 13,000 women like Veronica access abortions each year in New Zealand -- and an estimated 30% of women in that country have abortions during their lifetime.
- By the 1930s, however, New Zealand was self-governing and abortion could be accessed when a woman's life or mental health was in danger.
- Terry Ballamak, the president of Abortion Law Reform Association of New Zealand (ALRANZ), said the main reason for the delay in changing the law had been "political cowardice" on the part of the country's legislators on this divisive issue.
- Another reason for the delay was a common feeling that there was no issue with the current rules, said Jackie Edmond, the chief executive of New Zealand Family Planning.
- For New Zealanders living in remote areas, accessing the relevant doctors and then abortion services can be difficult, said Family Planning's Edmond.
The Trump administration just told the Supreme Court that it's legal to fire workers for being transgender
- The Trump administration outlined in a court filing on Friday why it believes transgender discrimination is legal in the workplace under federal law — a broad setback in LGBTQ rights since the Obama administration.
- The 1964 Civil Rights Act states that employers also can't discriminate based on sex, race, color, religion, and national origin.
- The Justice Department under the Trump administration, is arguing that workplace discrimination based on sex does not apply to transgender workers.
- The filing is related to an upcoming Supreme Court case involving a transgender funeral worker Aimee Stephens who was fired from her position after announcing her transition.
- Per the Justice Department's brief, the word "sex" solely refers to the biological sex of an individual.
Opinion: In trying to gut Endangered Species Act, Trump administration puts profits ahead of people
- Urgent threats like climate disruption can -- and likely will -- now be ignored, while the door to new threats has been opened as the administration adopts a piecemeal approach to conservation decisions where profit motives supersede science.
- Instead of working to protect species being driven to extinction by climate change, this administration is trying to remove Endangered Species Act protections for them.
- True to his word, during his brief tenure, he has not only undermined the Endangered Species Act to clear the way for destructive development but also glutted the market with new dirty-fuel leases on public lands and categorically refused to consider climate consequences in decision-making.
- Almost three years into the Trump administration, the news for threatened and endangered species is not good, but there is still hope.
Two women sue Epstein's estate, alleging he abused them in 2004
- The lawsuit was filed Thursday in the Southern District of New York, four days after the multimillionaire financier died from an apparent suicide in jail while awaiting trial on criminal charges accusing him of running a sex trafficking ring.
- Besides Epstein's estate, the women name as a defendant a woman they allege was a recruiter, referred to in the suit by the fictitious name of "Sue Roe." There are nine other unnamed defendants; the plaintiffs assert that they were employees or agents of Epstein, the lawsuit says.
- The suit alleges that "Sue Roe" approached the pair separately, in or around June 2004, while the plaintiffs were working as hostesses at a Manhattan restaurant.
- The recruiter later took both women to a club and told them that she "had worked for Epstein for a long time and that the job for which she was recruited simply entailed a brief massage," according to the lawsuit.