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Attorney General Bill Barr's speech to the conservative Federalist Society is under scrutiny for its political tilt

  • In a fiery speech to the conservative law group, the Federalist Society, Attorney General Bill Barr laid out his argument for why the chief executive of the country is protected from laws that apply to every other citizen — a legal theory known as unitary executive theory that former Vice President Dick Cheney used as a justification for many executive actions following 9/11.
  • The Federalist Society has been a prominent legal group since its founding in 1982 at Yale Law School, Harvard Law School, and the University of Chicago Law School, and late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was the firm's original faculty advisor.
  • Trump's two Supreme Court nominees — Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh — were both members, as well as the Court's three other conservative justices, Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, and Chief Justice John Roberts.

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Bill Barr's speech to the Federalist Society slams 'the left' - Business Insider

  • In a fiery speech to the conservative law group, the Federalist Society, Attorney General Bill Barr laid out his argument for why the chief executive of the country is protected from laws that apply to every other citizen — a legal theory known as unitary executive theory that former Vice President Dick Cheney used as a justification for many executive actions following 9/11.
  • The Federalist Society has been a prominent legal group since its founding in 1982 at Yale Law School, Harvard Law School, and the University of Chicago Law School, and late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was the firm's original faculty advisor.
  • Trump's two Supreme Court nominees — Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh — were both members, as well as the Court's three other conservative justices, Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, and Chief Justice John Roberts.

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Bill Barr's speech to the Federalist Society slams 'the left' - Business Insider

  • In a fiery speech to the conservative law group, the Federalist Society, Attorney General Bill Barr laid out his argument for why the chief executive of the country is protected from laws that apply to every other citizen — a legal theory known as unitary executive theory that former Vice President Dick Cheney used as a justification for many executive actions following 9/11.
  • The Federalist Society has been a prominent legal group since its founding in 1982 at Yale Law School, Harvard Law School, and the University of Chicago Law School, and late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was the firm's original faculty advisor.
  • Trump's two Supreme Court nominees — Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh — were both members, as well as the Court's three other conservative justices, Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, and Chief Justice John Roberts.

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California is attempting a massive labor experiment that could grow into a disaster for millions of workers

  • But the state's new Independent Contractor Law, Assembly Bill 5 (AB5) assumes that I'm being exploited and should be an employee, whether I want to be or not.
  • But there's a catch: If a judge determines these companies are in the software business, as the companies are insisting, drivers would meet the second test of the law and therefore not be granted the benefits of full-time employees.
  • Gonzalez also said that enforcement of the law will be done at the employee level, so unless we report a violation, companies we work for have nothing to worry about.
  • But companies have plenty to worry about, and those who hire nationally are starting to wonder whether it's worth the risk to hire a Californian — the law applies to workers residing in California, not the company.

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15 iconic moments in the LGBTQ rights movement from the last decade

  • The Americans Civil Liberties Union worked with Windsor to file a lawsuit against the US District Court for the Southern District of New York in 2010, challenging DOMA Section 3, which prevented the federal government from recognizing any same-sex marriage under the law, including those legally recognized in specific states.
  • On October 8, 2019, the US Supreme Court heard three individual cases — one from a transgender woman and two from gay men — to determine whether or not LGBTQ people are protected from workplace discrimination under the 1964 Civil Rights Act. This decision will ultimately decide whether it is constitutional to discriminate and fire LGBTQ people on the basis of gender identity or sexuality, and it will affirm or undermine over 20 years of case law, according to the National Center for Transgender Equality.

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Two students were killed in a school shooting in Los Angeles on Thursday — here are 5 countries that have taken radical steps to eliminate firearm deaths

  • The group landed on a massive buyback program, costing hundreds of millions of dollars offset by a one-time tax increase, that bought and destroyed more than 600,000 automatic and semiautomatic weapons and pump-action shotguns.
  • Japan, which has strict laws for obtaining firearms, seldom has more than 10 shooting deaths a year in a population of 127 million people.
  • Most recently, New Zealand has instituted a ban on semi-automatic rifles after a mass shooting in Christchurch left 51 people dead and dozens more injured in March 2019.
  • Around 10% of guns had been collected as of September 12, according to the the The New Zealand Herald; over 12,000 people handed in almost 20,000 firearms and 75,000 parts, with the equivalent of about $23 million US dollars paid out.

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Cops are making fewer arrests since N.J. got rid of cash bail

  • But a new study released Thursday shows the overhaul led to a major shift in the state’s justice system, with fewer people being arrested for low-level crimes, jail populations that plummeted even more than expected and an increase in defendants set free without conditions such as ankle-bracelet monitoring.
  • The assessment gets used at two points in New Jersey’s justice system: when a police officer is deciding whether to arrest someone on a complaint warrant or simply issue a summons for the person to show up in court, and when prosecutors and judges consider whether defendants should be locked up until trial.
  • Redcross, one of the study’s authors, said there’s no definitive reason for this decline, but it could be attributed to greater oversight of police by prosecutors and the courts, changes in paperwork requirements resulting from the reforms or even a culture change that resulted from New Jersey doing away with cash bail.

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When Ted Koppel's wife was given a few years left to live, the couple dedicated themselves to fighting COPD

  • A decade and a half beyond the life span her doctor gave her in 2001, Dorney Koppel credits pulmonary rehabilitation for her vitality, and has spent much of her life trying to help others find that same breath of life.
  • Pulmonary rehab is the standard care for COPD patients and includes directed exercise as well as nutrition guidance and support for those with lung diseases.
  • Her husband, who hosted ABC's "Nightline" for 25 years, has been playing a supportive role, speaking up about the disease with the same baritone voice that delivered the news to millions of Americans every night for decades.
  • She and her husband cofounded 12 pulmonary rehabilitation centers across five states, focusing on placing them in rural communities, where COPD is more common.
  • Dorney Koppel's frequent personal symptoms keep her focused on the importance of helping the broader COPD patient population.

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Off-duty officers were the first responders to the California high school shooting — because they were dropping off their own family members for school

  • An off-duty sheriff's deputy and two off-duty police officers were the first to respond to the scene of a shooting at a Southern California high school — because they were dropping off their own family members for school.
  • Two students were killed, and three were left injured in the shooting at Saugus High School in Santa Clarity Valley, which is north of Los Angeles.
  • The 16-year-old gunman was also taken to the hospital in critical condition after attempting to take his own life after the shooting.
  • The first responders reported to the scene at approximately 7:40 a.m., shortly after the first shots rang out.
  • Detective Daniel Finn, who works at Santa Clarita Station, had just dropped off a family member at school when he saw students running, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva told KTLA.
  • Uniformed officers arrived within a minute of the off-duty officers, Villanueva told CNN.

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New Jersey says Uber misclassified its drivers as independent workers, and owes the state over $650 million in taxes and fines.

  • New Jersey is seeking more than $640 million from Uber in taxes and penalties, saying the ride-hailing company misclassified its drivers as independent contractors.
  • "We are challenging this preliminary but incorrect determination, because drivers are independent contractors in New Jersey and elsewhere," the San Francisco-based company said in a statement.
  • Worker classification is important because taxpayers foot the bill for unemployment or disability insurance when independent contractors file for benefits, said Robert Asaro-Angelo, New Jersey's labor commissioner, in a statement.
  • California, which represents Uber and Lyft's largest source of revenue, passed a law requiring companies such as Uber and Lyft to classify drivers as employees instead of independent contractors, which would give them protections such as minimum wage, health benefits and the ability to unionize.

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