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DOJ revises guidance on election fraud inquiries
The Justice Department has updated its policy on announcements concerning investigations as an election nears, now allowing for public investigative steps if voting fraud allegations arise against postal workers or military personnel, according to an email from a department official. Some former DOJ officials said the change is written broadly enough that it also could allow for investigations of other matters.
How The 1MDB Expose Caught Up With Trump’s Top Fund Raiser
GOLF DIPLOMACY AND “BACK-CHANNEL LOBBYING” – US$8 Million To Lobby President Trump, But Najib’s Golf Got Cancelled!
The seedy world of secret and illegal “back-channel lobbying” in Washington DC has been laid bare by recent criminal charges laid in the United States which expose how the Malaysian fraudster Jho Low paid US$8 million to some of Donald Trump’s most senior Republican fundraisers, in order to get ex-PM Najib Razak a meeting with the President.
The expressed purpose of the meeting, which Najib had plainly hoped would take place on Trump’s Bedminster golf course, was to persuade the President to interfere in the Department of Justice’s 1MDB investigation and close it down.
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Christians Reject Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination
Her record should appall anyone who believes in loving their neighbor.
– Judge Barrett has criticized the chief justice for upholding the Affordable Care Act.
– She has indicated that she will likely try to roll back LGBTQ rights, including marriage equality and employment nondiscrimination.
– As a circuit court judge, she has voted to uphold Trump’s cruel attacks on immigrants.
As US population ages, private insurers reap more money from government-run Medicare Players like Cigna and United Health are reaping the benefits of growing demand for senior care.
Cyber Command has sought to disrupt the world’s largest botnet, hoping to reduce its potential impact on the election
The botnet is often used to drop ransomware, which officials fear could snarl voter registration.
In recent weeks, the U.S. military has mounted an operation to temporarily disrupt what is described as the world’s largest botnet – one used also to drop ransomware, which officials say is one of the top threats to the 2020 election.
U.S. Cyber Command’s campaign against the Trickbot botnet, an army of at least 1 million hijacked computers run by Russian-speaking criminals, is not expected to permanently dismantle the network, said four U.S. officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the matter’s sensitivity. But it is one way to distract them at least for a while as they seek to restore operations.
The effort is part of what Gen. Paul Nakasone, the head of Cyber Command, calls “persistent engagement,” or the imposition of cumulative costs on an adversary by keeping them constantly engaged. And that is a key feature of CyberCom’s activities to help protect the election against foreign threats, officials said.
“Right now, my top priority is for a safe, secure, and legitimate 2020 election,” Nakasone said in August in a set of written responses to Washington Post questions. “The Department of Defense, and Cyber Command specifically, are supporting a broader ‘whole-of-government’ approach to secure our elections.”
1 in 5 Americans couldn’t make it to the election on their cash reserves alone
One in 5 U.S. households could not afford their current level of spending after just three weeks with money they have readily available, according to the survey.
Tribal Court Clearinghouse: Tribal Law
Founded in 1997, the Tribal Court Clearinghouse hosts an abundance of resources on tribal courts and laws. As the resource notes, “tribes have always had, and continue to retain, the sovereign authority to establish and operate their own tribal justice systems.” The Clearinghouse’s Tribal
Law hub provides ten topical sections to understand tribal court systems. The Tribal Courts section, the first option listed, is a great place to start. It begins with some background information on the establishment of sovereign authority under the Indian Reorganization Act. Additionally, this
section lists all United States’ Tribal Courts (cataloged by state). The remaining nine sections cover Tribal constitutions, codes, and case law,pertinent research articles, and other key actors (including federal, state, and law enforcement officials). Those looking for further information on tribal court systems will want to explore the other information hubs highlighted at the top of the site: Federal Law, State Law, Topics, Program Resources, and Native Resources. The Tribal Law and
Policy Institute publishes the Tribal Court Clearinghouse, and links to other resources from the organization are provided on the right-hand panel of the website’s home page.
What would a court system be without its cases? Promising “free legal research for anyone, anytime, anywhere,” AnyLaw is the perfect platform for introducing aspiring legal scholars and researchers to case law.
Entrepreneur Steve Tover launched this startup, and it fills a unique need. While many legal databases come with steep fees, AnyLaw makes a wealth of case law available to all. For readers with a case in mind, the search bar on the landing page provides easy access. Those needing more direction will find several tools to tailor search results. The “Select Courts” button allows readers to narrow by a state court or federal circuit, and the menu in the top-right corner provides additional browsing features. For example, visitors can search by topic, including: “administrative rulings,” “civil rights,” and “health care law.” After finding a case, the dropdown boxes at the top of the page note related cases. This way, users can quickly find other relevant cases and research materials. Readers with a free accountcan click the star icon in the top-left corner to save cases for future browsing. The button just below lets users download, save, and print the documents as a PDF.
Oral Argument 2.0 https://argument2.oyez.org
How would a perfectly-scripted answer to a question posed by the Supreme Court sound? Oral Argument 2.0 has some suggestions. Using cases from the October 2019 Term (argued throughout 2019 and 2020), Oral Argument 2.0 highlights key questions and then provides context, commentary, and
suggested answers. Featured cases are highlighted on the Home page with a general content label (for example, “employment law” or “criminal procedure”). Clicking on a case, readers will find background information (including case facts and issues), as well as some “key questions from oral
argument,” accompanied by a contributor’s answer. For example, in <i>Barr v. American Association of Political Consultants Inc.</i>, a case about First Amendment rights and automated debt collector calls, Justice Kagan presents a hypothetical. Eugene Volokh, Professor of Law at UCLA with a focus on First Amendment law, writes his suggested reply, relying on some key case law from his area of expertise. Not only do these questions and answers provide legal insights, but they also display good advocacy techniques that can apply in broader contexts. Many law professors, students, and practitioners contribute to the project, and it receives further support from Cornell Law’s Legal Information Institute (LII), Justia, and the Oyez Project.
Providing impartial coverage on “all cases heard on the merits at the Supreme Court and all significant petitions for certiorari,” SCOTUSblog produces reliable and enjoyable content for the legal community. Novice legal scholars may want to begin on the Resources page, where they will find useful background information including Justices’ biographies and a glossary of key terms. Then, return to the Home page to dive into the content. With daily “round up” posts (flagging news stories related to the Supreme Court and its cases) and other in-depth features, the blog is timely and comprehensive. In addition to case coverage, readers may want to spend some time perusing the rest of the site’s offerings. Data enthusiasts will delight in the Statistics section, and the Courtroom Access project (linked on the Special Features page) that takes an in-depth, investigative look at people’s journeys to “get a seat inside the courtroom.” Visitors may also wish to check out the Podcast page, which houses SCOTUStalk, where blog contributors discuss “events and
topics relating to the Supreme Court.”
Oyez! Oyez! Oyez!: Simulating the Supreme Court
Regular readers are no stranger to EDSITEment’s work, and perhaps have used one of their previously featured lesson plans in their classroom. As the name suggests, “Oyez! Oyez! Oyez!: Simulating the Supreme Court” focuses on the “Constitutional responsibilities and powers of the Supreme Court.”
Created in 2019 by Kathryn Milschewski, this lesson plan is particularly relevant to high school civics and history teachers. The curriculum is designed to introduce students to the Supreme Court’s role in context with the other branches of government and includes guiding questions, four classroom activities, handouts, and reference materials. The first activity introduces students to the Court’s purpose and function, while the second and third activities focus on analyzing and arguing court cases (with an emphasis on freedom of speech). Finally, the fourth activity provides
materials for a “Supreme Court simulation,” where students take on the roles of justices, attorneys, clerks, and more. Teachers looking to create an entire Supreme Court unit may enjoy some of the “related” lesson plans highlighted at the bottom of the page, including “John Marshall, Marbury v. Madison , and Judicial Review.”
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C-SPAN Landmark Cases http://landmarkcases.c-span.org/